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. The author notes more evidence of the seasons changing in "August 14 Whispers of Fall." Who comes for a visit?

2. The author and his son plant a ______ oak near the cabin.

3. What is "October 10 Home Chores" about?

4. In town the author meets _________________, who gives him some wood and fixes his chainsaw.

5. The families have lived in the area since _________, and the author is a friend of the descendants of those first settlers.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the author like Jack? Why?

4. How is the logging business important to the people of this region?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the author's traveling companion. Why might he want this companion?

10. What does the author learn about living simply in his first two months?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author captures a raven and names him Jack.

Part 1) How does he go about catching the raven? Why does he capture Jack? Describe the author's experiences with Jack. What is learned about the author through his relationship with Jack?

Part 2) How does the author change because of Jack? What does he learn from Jack? How do ravens become a significant aspect of this book? Why?

Part 3) How is the author's relationship with all animals a significant part of this book? What does this reveal about the author?

Essay Topic 2

The author has developed a keen sense of only noticing the unique and new.

Part 1) Use details from the book to prove this statement to be true. How has he come to have this keen sense? How is he now like Jack? is he also like other wild animals? Why or why not? Are you surprised that he has grown to be more like the animals around him? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does this change in the author's senses reveal about the influence of one's environment? How much has the author been influenced by his environment? Explain.

Part 3) Can this change in one's senses take place in the civilized, modern world? If so, how? If not, why not?

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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