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 "Scents and Sounds," to what does the author listen?

2. What have many forest creatures invaded in "October 7 Housemates"?

3. In "Late Summer Ramblings," the author writes about the changing of the seasons and the life cycle of ________.

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

5. In the section "Flying Samaras and Consciousness," the author writes about the little rotary seeds of the ____________ tree known as samaras.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does "August 9-13 Some Berries" lead to a reflection of the author's childhood?

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

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

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

5. How might the author's annual rendezvous be important, especially this year?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author keeps records of his experiences for one year in the woods of Maine.

Part 1) Describe these records. Why does he want to do this? Why does he decide to spend a year in Maine? Do you see this as a beneficial experience? Why or why not?

Part 2) How did the author change throughout this year? What caused these changes? How might the author have been permanently affected by his experiences in the Maine woods?

Part 3) What have you learned from the author's experiences during this year? How might you benefit from this? Has reading this book changed you? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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