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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 "Jack," what details are given about the author?
2. While the author is working on building the new outhouse, what must he make a trip into town to get?
3. What does the author reflect on as he gathers bunches of berries?
4. The families have lived in the area since _________, and the author is a friend of the descendants of those first settlers.
5. "The Traveling Companion" begins with the author's description of his journey to ___________.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the author do in "Election Time?" How does this reveal his feelings regarding elections?
2. How might the author's annual rendezvous be important, especially this year?
3. How does "August 9-13 Some Berries" lead to a reflection of the author's childhood?
4. What is the geologic history of the region? Why might the author give this information?
5. How does Jack act like other ravens? How does the author predict this?
6. How is the author like Jack? Why?
7. What is the purpose of "Beginnings"?
8. What does the author learn about living simply in his first two months?
9. How are trees a good source of energy? What can the reader learn from this?
10. What takes place in "September 20 Clearcuts"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author notices how perceptive the wild animals are.
Part 1) How does he begin to notice this? Is he surprised by how perceptive they are? Why or why not?
Part 2) How does the degree of the author's ability to perceive begin to mirror that of the animals? Why does this occur? Might reading this book make you more perceptive? Why or why not?
Part 3) How else might a reader be changed by this book? How does this support the purpose of this book?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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