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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 the section "October 6 Cherry Hill Drive", the author drives to a clearing that has been logged ______________ before.
3. When Europeans arrive, why do they clear the land?
4. The birds start when it is still dark and the singing picks up with the increasing __________.
5. One raven flies close to the author, circles away, and then comes back. At this point, what is the author wondering about?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does chopping wood make the author happy? What does this reveal about him?
2. How is the logging business important to the people of this region?
3. What does the author do to prepare for winter in "June 12 Early Harvests"?
4. Describe the author's traveling companion. Why might he want this companion?
5. What does the author notice about the wasp and caterpillars?
6. What does the author learn about the life cycles of plants and animals in "The Urgency of Spring"?
7. How are trees a good source of energy? What can the reader learn from this?
8. What does the author learn about living simply in his first two months?
9. What does the author notice in "October 6 Cherry HIll Drive"? Why might this be important?
10. How is the author like Jack? Why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author notices how perceptive the wild animals are.
Part 1) How does he begin to notice this? Is he surprised by how perceptive they are? Why or why not?
Part 2) How does the degree of the author's ability to perceive begin to mirror that of the animals? Why does this occur? Might reading this book make you more perceptive? Why or why not?
Part 3) How else might a reader be changed by this book? How does this support the purpose of this book?
Essay Topic 2
The author teaches a fifteen-day intensive course.
Part 1) Describe this course. Why does the author teach it? What does this reveal about him? What does this experience also reveal about him? What does this experience also reveal about his students? Describe the relationship between the author and his students.
Part 2) What are the benefits of a course such as this? Would you be interested in participating in something like this? Why or why not?
Part 3) How does this course compare to a regular college or high school course? What can teachers and professors of regular classroom-based classes learn from the course taught by the author? How might aspects of this course be incorporated into a regular classroom setting?
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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