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 the section "October 6 Cherry Hill Drive", the author drives to a clearing that has been logged ______________ before.

2. What does the author believe is responsible for our changing seasons today?

3. In the section "Scents and Sounds," to what does the author listen?

4. The author observes a pair of swallows in a nest by his cabin and how quickly they move on with their lives when ____________.

5. His traveling companion is a ____________ that he took out of the nest when it was still a baby.

Short Essay Questions

1. How is "October 26-30" an important chapter?

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

3. What takes place in "August 4 Wanderers"?

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

5. What does the author notice in "October 6 Cherry HIll Drive"? Why might this be important?

6. What takes place in "September 20 Clearcuts"?

7. What is Adam's Hill? What is the purpose of the information about Adam's Hill?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author gets close to several animals.

Part 1) Describe these encounters. How does the author feel about these encounters? Why does he feel this way? What does this reveal about him?

Part 2) How else does the author grow closer to nature? Why? How might this affect him after he leaves the cabin?

Part 3) Why might it be important for all people to get more in touch with nature? How could this affect our communities and our planet as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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