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 Urgency of Spring" is the story of what?

2. Why do the squirrels, in particular, fascinate the author?

3. The author smells a scent that triggers a memory of a childhood evening with whom?

4. In the section "Election Time," the author's ______________ is visiting for a deer hunt.

5. The author reflects in "October 14 To Find Small Caterpillars" that he is much like whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?

3. How does the author spend Christmas? How does he feel about this? How does this experience compare to his other experiences throughout this book?

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

5. How do Stuart's classmates respond to his father? How important might their reactions be to how he perceives his father? Why?

6. What takes place in "Cows"? What is your reaction to this? Why?

7. What takes place in "Early February"? What is your reaction to this? Why?

8. What takes place in "April 4 Returns"? Describe the author's attitude at this time.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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