A Year in the Maine Woods Short Essay - Answer Key

Bernd Heinrich
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Describe the author's traveling companion. Why might he want this companion?

The author's traveling companion is Jack, a raven that he took out of the nest when it was still a baby. The author describes capturing Jack and the adjustments that both the author and the raven had to make to live together. During the drive to the cabin, Jack keeps the author entertained with his bird noises and rapid digestion. The author may want Jack as a companion to keep him from feeling alone and completely isolated.

2. Describe the author's first morning in the cabin. What can be predicted regarding his stay in this cabin based on this information?

On his first morning, the author awakens to the many different bird calls. The author is very familiar with the different songs of the birds and plans to study the birds up close during his time in the woods. He notices the trees and flowers blooming and climbs up into a red spruce tree where he has built a look out to observe the natural world. It can be predicted that the author will spend a great deal of time studying nature while living in this cabin.

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