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 is the thing that surprises the author the most?

2. In "Bedrock," the author gives a ___________ history of the region.

3. Eventually, what does Jack do?

4. During the author's run, what does he notice?

5. Do they spot deer?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the author's sense of smell important to him?

2. What takes place in "September 27 Starting a Sugar Shack"?

3. What takes place in "August 14 Whispers of Fall"?

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

5. What takes place in "The Time of Birdsong"? Why is this important to the author?

6. What happens to the author's vegetables? How might he feel about this?

7. Describe "October 1 The Foliage." How is "October 1 The Foliage" an important chapter?

8. How is the logging business important to the people of this region?

9. How does Jack act like other ravens? How does the author predict this?

10. What is Adam's Hill? What is the purpose of the information about Adam's Hill?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At several points in the book, the author describes and discusses various memories.

Part 1) What are these memories? What leads him to describe and discuss these memories? What does he say about these memories? How do they pertain to his life now?

Part 2) What are some of your most vivid memories? What are the triggers for these memories? Why? How do these memories compare to reality? Are these accurate memories? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are memories important to people around the world? What role does memory play in one's culture? What can memories reveal about the one to whom they belong?

Essay Topic 2

At several times throughout the book the author describes and discusses the history of the land.

Part 1) Describe this history. Why does the author tell his readers about the history of the people of Maine, as well as the geological history of the area? Is this important information for the story? Why or why not? How is this information connected to other aspects of the story?

Part 2) What else does the author study during his time in the Maine woods? Why does he study this? How is this study, as a whole, an important part of the author's time in the Maine woods?

Part 3) How is studying a part of your everyday life? How does this affect you? How can you benefit from studying? How can people, in general, benefit from studying?

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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