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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. After the evening chorus dies off, what does the author do?
2. In "Burning Wood," the author writes that he is happy he has cut down so much wood, and it has given him a feeling of accomplishment. Nevertheless, what is he annoyed about?
3. In the section "September 23-26 The Garden," the author observes what about the green beans and squash he planted?
4. In "Late Summer Ramblings," the author writes about the changing of the seasons and the life cycle of ________.
5. When they first arrive at the cabin, who depends on the author for his food and his companionship?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is "October 26-30" an important chapter?
2. What does the author learn about living simply in his first two months?
3. What takes place in "September 20 Clearcuts"?
4. Describe the author's traveling companion. Why might he want this companion?
5. What takes place in "September 27 Starting a Sugar Shack"?
6. What does the author notice about the wasp and caterpillars?
7. What takes place in "August 14 Whispers of Fall"?
8. How is the author like Jack? Why?
9. What takes place in "The Time of Birdsong"? Why is this important to the author?
10. What does the author do in "Election Time?" How does this reveal his feelings regarding elections?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author takes his son to the county fair.
Part 1) Describe their time at the fair. What do these events reveal about the culture of those who participate in the county fair? What do the author's reaction and his son's reaction reveal about them?
Part 2) Why does the author tell of his trip to the fair? How is this trip related to other events described in this book? What else does the author do with his son? What do these activities reveal about each of them and their relationship with each other?
Part 3) How are fairs an important part of the American culture? Why are they still important today? What does this reveal about Americans today?
Essay Topic 2
The author studies life cycles.
Part 1) Describe the life cycles the author studies. What does he learn about them? Why does he study them? How are they connected to other things he studies while living in the Maine woods?
Part 2) How is this book, as a whole, a study of life cycles? Describe the author's life cycle at this point. What might his life be like once he leaves the woods? Why?
Part 3) What have you learned about life and life cycles because of this book? How is this new information important in your life? What can you do with this new information?
Essay Topic 3
The author captures a raven and names him Jack.
Part 1) How does he go about catching the raven? Why does he capture Jack? Describe the author's experiences with Jack. What is learned about the author through his relationship with Jack?
Part 2) How does the author change because of Jack? What does he learn from Jack? How do ravens become a significant aspect of this book? Why?
Part 3) How is the author's relationship with all animals a significant part of this book? What does this reveal about the author?
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