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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. "The Time of Birdsong" describes the author's all-day observations of __________.
2. Eventually, what does Jack do?
3. In town the author meets _________________, who gives him some wood and fixes his chainsaw.
4. During the author's run, what does he notice?
5. What does the author believe is responsible for our changing seasons today?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Jack act like other ravens? How does the author predict this?
2. How are trees a good source of energy? What can the reader learn from this?
3. How might the author's annual rendezvous be important, especially this year?
4. What is the purpose of "Beginnings"?
5. How does "August 9-13 Some Berries" lead to a reflection of the author's childhood?
6. What do the author and his son do together in "Early September"? What does this reveal about them?
7. Describe the author's traveling companion. Why might he want this companion?
8. How is "October 26-30" an important chapter?
9. Describe "October 1 The Foliage." How is "October 1 The Foliage" an important chapter?
10. What takes place in "September 20 Clearcuts"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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