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

2. What is "September 27 Starting a Sugar Shack" about?

3. What does the author find for Jack to sleep on?

4. The author writes about the delicate relationship between _________.

5. When they first arrive at the cabin, who depends on the author for his food and his companionship?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the author's relationship with Jack. What does this reveal about the author?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

At several points in the book, the author describes and discusses various memories.

Part 1) What are these memories? What leads him to describe and discuss these memories? What does he say about these memories? How do they pertain to his life now?

Part 2) What are some of your most vivid memories? What are the triggers for these memories? Why? How do these memories compare to reality? Are these accurate memories? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are memories important to people around the world? What role does memory play in one's culture? What can memories reveal about the one to whom they belong?

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