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. In the section "June 12 Early Harvests," the author continues felling trees and splitting wood for __________.

2. The author has another run on "September 18" - this time running a length of __________ miles.

3. The author smells a scent that triggers a memory of a childhood evening with whom?

4. Do they spot deer?

5. The author observes that single leaves __________ turn different colors.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the geologic history of the region? Why might the author give this information?

2. How is the author like Jack? Why?

3. How is "October 26-30" an important chapter?

4. Describe the author's relationship with Jack. What does this reveal about the author?

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

6. What does the author notice about the wasp and caterpillars?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of the activities in the woods have to do with survival.

Part 1) Describe the activities of the author and other creatures. How are they necessary to survival? What parallels in behavior can be seen between the author and the wild animals? Why?

Part 2) What activities do you do that are related to survival? Are those activities based on instinct or on the way in which you were raised?

Part 3) How is survival a theme in this book? What does the author say about this theme? Why does he say this? What does this reveal about him?

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 is sick of celebrating Christmas in the traditional American way.

Part 1) How has he come to this conclusion? Why might he feel this way? Might these feelings change again? Why or why not?

Part 2) How might he want to celebrate Christmas? Why might he want to celebrate it in this way? How might it reflect his lifestyle since he has lived in the cabin in the Maine woods?

Part 3) How do you celebrate holidays? Do you celebrate in a traditionally American way? Why or why not? Would you change the way you celebrate? If so, how would you change and why would you change? If not, why not?

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