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 does the author awaken to on his first morning?

2. The two men catch up on what has been going on in the area, including _____________ protest of a logging operation.

3. What does the author find for Jack to sleep on?

4. What does "Adams Hill" describe?

5. In the section "October 6 Cherry Hill Drive", the author drives to a clearing that has been logged ______________ before.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author learn about the life cycles of plants and animals in "The Urgency of Spring"?

2. How is the logging business important to the people of this region?

3. What does the author learn about living simply in his first two months?

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

5. What is the purpose of "Beginnings"?

6. How is the author like Jack? Why?

7. What does the author notice in "October 6 Cherry HIll Drive"? Why might this be important?

8. How is "October 26-30" an important chapter?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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