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. As the author is running through the forest, he comes to a clearing that has been logged a few years earlier. What does he see there?

2. In "September 23-26 The Garden," what does the author find after waking up one morning?

3. In the section "Time," the author realizes that he has spent over _________ months in the cabin.

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

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. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?

2. What does the author learn from this dissection? How is this important to him?

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

4. What does the author learn about the life cycles of plants and animals in "The Urgency of Spring"?

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

6. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?

7. What is taking place in "March 13 Storm Warnings"? Why do the people act and feel this way?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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