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 Time of Birdsong" describes the author's all-day observations of __________.

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

3. In the section "September 20 Clearcuts," the author observes some wasps. This makes him think back to _____________.

4. When farming begins to spread farther west, the land reverts from farmland to ________.

5. "The Traveling Companion" begins with the author's description of his journey to ___________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is the author's sense of smell important to him?

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

Stuart, the author's son, visits him several times at the cabin.

Part 1) Describe their visits together. What do these visits reveal about each of them? What do they reveal about their relationship? Do you believe the author spends enough time with his son? Is this a healthy relationship between a parent and a child? Why or why not?

Part 2) How would you feel if your parents divorced and one of them left to live in another state? How might this affect you and your relationship with your parents?

Part 3) What are your thoughts on divorce and the actions of parents regarding their children? Can children of divorce lead healthy lives? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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