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. What caused the animals in the region to change?

2. What does Stuart win?

3. What does "Adams Hill" describe?

4. In "October 1 The Foliage," what happens for the first time?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author notice in "December 3"?

2. How does the book come to an end? After a year of living in the woods, how does the author feel about his life there? Why?

3. How does the author deal with his "cabin fever"?

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

5. What does the author do to prepare for winter in "June 12 Early Harvests"?

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

7. How is the author like Jack? Why?

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

9. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?

10. What is the most important aspect of hunting for the author? Why?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author is sick of celebrating Christmas in the traditional American way.

Part 1) How has he come to this conclusion? Why might he feel this way? Might these feelings change again? Why or why not?

Part 2) How might he want to celebrate Christmas? Why might he want to celebrate it in this way? How might it reflect his lifestyle since he has lived in the cabin in the Maine woods?

Part 3) How do you celebrate holidays? Do you celebrate in a traditionally American way? Why or why not? Would you change the way you celebrate? If so, how would you change and why would you change? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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