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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. While the author is working on building the new outhouse, what must he make a trip into town to get?
2. In the section "October 6 Cherry Hill Drive", the author drives to a clearing that has been logged ______________ before.
3. The author and a friend who comes to visit one evening make a ___________ cobbler and dance in the moonlight.
4. "October 3 The Annual Rendezvous" is about __________________.
5. "Beginnings" deals with the author's goals for the _________ he will spend in the cabin.
Short Essay Questions
1. How is the author like Jack? Why?
2. Why does chopping wood make the author happy? What does this reveal about him?
3. Describe "October 1 The Foliage." How is "October 1 The Foliage" an important chapter?
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. How are trees a good source of energy? What can the reader learn from this?
7. What takes place in "The Time of Birdsong"? Why is this important to the author?
8. What takes place in "September 27 Starting a Sugar Shack"?
9. What does the author learn about living simply in his first two months?
10. What is Adam's Hill? What is the purpose of the information about Adam's Hill?
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
Although the author's life may seem more simple, he is often very busy.
Part 1) What is he often busy doing? Why? What does this reveal about the "simple" life? Is it truly all that simple? Explain.
Part 2) How is the author affected by this simple life? How does he feel about his new routine and daily activities? Why does he feel this way?
Part 3) How might you be changed by simplifying your life? Would your life slow down if you simplified it? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The author observes the seeds blowing off of a maple tree.
Part 1) Describe this observation. How is he affected by this observation? How does this affect his view of mankind?
Part 2) What other observations encourage him to contemplate other aspects of human life? Explain.
Part 3) What has happened in your own life that has made you take notice of the quality of human life and mankind's abilities? How has this affected you? How does it compare to the author's observations and revelations about mankind?
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