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 author notes more evidence of the seasons changing in "August 14 Whispers of Fall." Who comes for a visit?

2. What is the thing that surprises the author the most?

3. The author notices the trees and flowers blooming and climbs up into _______________ where he has built a lookout to observe the natural world.

4. In "Habits and Hunts," what has the author given up?

5. What does the author awaken to on his first morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the author like Jack? Why?

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

3. What does the author notice about the wasp and caterpillars?

4. What takes place in "September 20 Clearcuts"?

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

6. Describe the author's first morning in the cabin. What can be predicted regarding his stay in this cabin based on this information?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author spends much of the book observing changes in the seasons.

Part 1) Describe these various changes. How does the author feel about these changes? Why does he feel this way?

Part 2) How does the author's behavior reflect these changes in the seasons? Why are his actions a reflection of these changes?

Part 3) How is change a theme in this book? What other changes take place? Why do these changes take place?

Essay Topic 2

At several points in the book, the author describes and discusses various memories.

Part 1) What are these memories? What leads him to describe and discuss these memories? What does he say about these memories? How do they pertain to his life now?

Part 2) What are some of your most vivid memories? What are the triggers for these memories? Why? How do these memories compare to reality? Are these accurate memories? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are memories important to people around the world? What role does memory play in one's culture? What can memories reveal about the one to whom they belong?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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