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

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

3. "Scrap Lumber" describes the author's daily routine of ___________.

4. In "October 1 The Foliage," what happens for the first time?

5. After running in "September 27 Starting a Sugar Shack," how does the author feel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What takes place in "The Time of Birdsong"? Why is this important to the author?

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 is the purpose of "Beginnings"?

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

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

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

10. What does the author do to prepare for winter in "June 12 Early Harvests"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author is sick of celebrating Christmas in the traditional American way.

Part 1) How has he come to this conclusion? Why might he feel this way? Might these feelings change again? Why or why not?

Part 2) How might he want to celebrate Christmas? Why might he want to celebrate it in this way? How might it reflect his lifestyle since he has lived in the cabin in the Maine woods?

Part 3) How do you celebrate holidays? Do you celebrate in a traditionally American way? Why or why not? Would you change the way you celebrate? If so, how would you change and why would you change? If not, why not?

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

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?

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