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 teaches a fifteen-day intensive course.

Part 1) Describe this course. Why does the author teach it? What does this reveal about him? What does this experience also reveal about him? What does this experience also reveal about his students? Describe the relationship between the author and his students.

Part 2) What are the benefits of a course such as this? Would you be interested in participating in something like this? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does this course compare to a regular college or high school course? What can teachers and professors of regular classroom-based classes learn from the course taught by the author? How might aspects of this course be incorporated into a regular classroom setting?

Essay Topic 2

The author takes his son to the county fair.

Part 1) Describe their time at the fair. What do these events reveal about the culture of those who participate in the county fair? What do the author's reaction and his son's reaction reveal about them?

Part 2) Why does the author tell of his trip to the fair? How is this trip related to other events described in this book? What else does the author do with his son? What do these activities reveal about each of them and their relationship with each other?

Part 3) How are fairs an important part of the American culture? Why are they still important today? What does this reveal about Americans today?

Essay Topic 3

The author captures a raven and names him Jack.

Part 1) How does he go about catching the raven? Why does he capture Jack? Describe the author's experiences with Jack. What is learned about the author through his relationship with Jack?

Part 2) How does the author change because of Jack? What does he learn from Jack? How do ravens become a significant aspect of this book? Why?

Part 3) How is the author's relationship with all animals a significant part of this book? What does this reveal about the author?

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