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 "August 9-13 Some Berries," the author is in search of some _____________.

2. Eventually, what does Jack do?

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

4. During his daily_______, the author sees a web of many tiny caterpillars all flashing together in unison from side to side.

5. Why does the author roll rocks under the foundation of his cabin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe "April 20." Is the author's life a simple one? Why or why not?

9. How does the author feel about the mice and flies? Why? How does this compare to how he feels about other animals?

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

The weather is an important part of life in the woods.

Part 1) Describe the weather patterns discussed by the author. Why does he discuss them? How is the weather important to him?

Part 2) Is weather as important to us in the modern world as it is to someone living in the wilderness? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does weather affect our world today? What role do humans play in the changes in weather?

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

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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