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

Bernd Heinrich
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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 keeps records of his experiences for one year in the woods of Maine.

Part 1) Describe these records. Why does he want to do this? Why does he decide to spend a year in Maine? Do you see this as a beneficial experience? Why or why not?

Part 2) How did the author change throughout this year? What caused these changes? How might the author have been permanently affected by his experiences in the Maine woods?

Part 3) What have you learned from the author's experiences during this year? How might you benefit from this? Has reading this book changed you? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The author observes the seeds blowing off of a maple tree.

Part 1) Describe this observation. How is he affected by this observation? How does this affect his view of mankind?

Part 2) What other observations encourage him to contemplate other aspects of human life? Explain.

Part 3) What has happened in your own life that has made you take notice of the quality of human life and mankind's abilities? How has this affected you? How does it compare to the author's observations and revelations about mankind?

Essay Topic 3

The author gets close to several animals.

Part 1) Describe these encounters. How does the author feel about these encounters? Why does he feel this way? What does this reveal about him?

Part 2) How else does the author grow closer to nature? Why? How might this affect him after he leaves the cabin?

Part 3) Why might it be important for all people to get more in touch with nature? How could this affect our communities and our planet as a whole?

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