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 "Election Time," the author's ______________ is visiting for a deer hunt.

2. In "September 13," how many miles does the author run as he observes caterpillars, ravens, and flies along the way?

3. The author notices the trees and flowers blooming and climbs up into _______________ where he has built a lookout to observe the natural world.

4. His traveling companion is a ____________ that he took out of the nest when it was still a baby.

5. In "Late Summer Ramblings," the author writes about the changing of the seasons and the life cycle of ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How might the author's annual rendezvous be important, especially this year?

2. How does the author feel about his housemates in "October 7 Housemates"? Why?

3. What takes place in "August 4 Wanderers"?

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

5. Describe the author's first morning in the cabin. What can be predicted regarding his stay in this cabin based on this information?

6. What does the author do to prepare for winter in "June 12 Early Harvests"?

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

8. What takes place in "September 20 Clearcuts"?

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

10. What does the author do in "Election Time?" How does this reveal his feelings regarding elections?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Stuart, the author's son, visits him several times at the cabin.

Part 1) Describe their visits together. What do these visits reveal about each of them? What do they reveal about their relationship? Do you believe the author spends enough time with his son? Is this a healthy relationship between a parent and a child? Why or why not?

Part 2) How would you feel if your parents divorced and one of them left to live in another state? How might this affect you and your relationship with your parents?

Part 3) What are your thoughts on divorce and the actions of parents regarding their children? Can children of divorce lead healthy lives? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Fishing is often discussed in this book.

Part 1) Describe the author's fishing expeditions. Why does he go fishing? How is fishing important in this book? What other activities pertaining to his relationship with nature are also important? Why?

Part 2) What else is also discussed a great deal in this book? Why? How is this important to the author and to this book?

Part 3) What activities in your own life are of importance? Why? How do these activities compare to those of the author?

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