A Year in the Maine Woods Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bernd Heinrich
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What caused the animals in the region to change?

2. What does Stuart win?

3. What does "Adams Hill" describe?

4. In "October 1 The Foliage," what happens for the first time?

5. "The Time of Birdsong" describes the author's all-day observations of __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author notice in "December 3"?

2. How does the book come to an end? After a year of living in the woods, how does the author feel about his life there? Why?

3. How does the author deal with his "cabin fever"?

4. How are trees a good source of energy? What can the reader learn from this?

5. What does the author do to prepare for winter in "June 12 Early Harvests"?

6. How does "August 9-13 Some Berries" lead to a reflection of the author's childhood?

7. How is the author like Jack? Why?

8. What do the author and his son do together in "Early September"? What does this reveal about them?

9. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?

10. What is the most important aspect of hunting for the author? Why?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author has developed a keen sense of only noticing the unique and new.

Part 1) Use details from the book to prove this statement to be true. How has he come to have this keen sense? How is he now like Jack? is he also like other wild animals? Why or why not? Are you surprised that he has grown to be more like the animals around him? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does this change in the author's senses reveal about the influence of one's environment? How much has the author been influenced by his environment? Explain.

Part 3) Can this change in one's senses take place in the civilized, modern world? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

The author spends much of the book observing changes in the seasons.

Part 1) Describe these various changes. How does the author feel about these changes? Why does he feel this way?

Part 2) How does the author's behavior reflect these changes in the seasons? Why are his actions a reflection of these changes?

Part 3) How is change a theme in this book? What other changes take place? Why do these changes take place?

Essay Topic 3

Although the author's life may seem more simple, he is often very busy.

Part 1) What is he often busy doing? Why? What does this reveal about the "simple" life? Is it truly all that simple? Explain.

Part 2) How is the author affected by this simple life? How does he feel about his new routine and daily activities? Why does he feel this way?

Part 3) How might you be changed by simplifying your life? Would your life slow down if you simplified it? Why or why not?

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