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

2. In "Jack," what details are given about the author?

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

4. Now that the leaves have fallen, what can the author do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How are trees a good source of energy? What can the reader learn from this?

4. Why does chopping wood make the author happy? What does this reveal about him?

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

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

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

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

9. What takes place in "August 14 Whispers of Fall"?

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 goes for many runs.

Part 1) Describe these runs. Why does the author choose to go on these runs? Why are they important to him? What do they reveal about him?

Part 2) How are his runs tied to other events in this book? What else is important to the author while he is living in the cabin? Why?

Part 3) What activities do you participate in? Why? What do they reveal about you? How are they important to you and your life?

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 weather is an important part of life in the woods.

Part 1) Describe the weather patterns discussed by the author. Why does he discuss them? How is the weather important to him?

Part 2) Is weather as important to us in the modern world as it is to someone living in the wilderness? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does weather affect our world today? What role do humans play in the changes in weather?

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