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. Eventually, what does Jack do?

2. In "Jack," what details are given about the author?

3. Where do the author and his son go In "Early September"?

4. One raven flies close to the author, circles away, and then comes back. At this point, what is the author wondering about?

5. A great glacier expands and retracts across North America for the last few _____________ years.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author feel about celebrating Christmas? Why might he feel this way?

3. What takes place in "December 29 Winter Ecology?" Why might the author do this?

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

5. What observations does the author make in "May 15 Weeds in Huckleberry Bog"? What might be the significance of this?

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

7. What does the author say in "Moss Watch"? Why might he study moss?

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

9. What takes place in "April 4 Returns"? Describe the author's attitude at this time.

10. Describe the author's dreams in "April 2 Dreams." What might these mean?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author rids himself of many modern conveniences.

Part 1) What are several modern conveniences he does away with? Why? What is the purpose of ridding his life of modern conveniences? Should he do this? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this "simpler" life affect the author? What does he learn about himself, the natural world around him, and the modern world from doing away with most modern conveniences?

Part 3) Should people spend time without modern conveniences and technology? Why or why not? Would you choose to live without modern conveniences for a period of time? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The author spends much of the book observing changes in the seasons.

Part 1) Describe these various changes. How does the author feel about these changes? Why does he feel this way?

Part 2) How does the author's behavior reflect these changes in the seasons? Why are his actions a reflection of these changes?

Part 3) How is change a theme in this book? What other changes take place? Why do these changes take place?

Essay Topic 3

Although the author's life may seem more simple, he is often very busy.

Part 1) What is he often busy doing? Why? What does this reveal about the "simple" life? Is it truly all that simple? Explain.

Part 2) How is the author affected by this simple life? How does he feel about his new routine and daily activities? Why does he feel this way?

Part 3) How might you be changed by simplifying your life? Would your life slow down if you simplified it? Why or why not?

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