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. "Scrap Lumber" describes the author's daily routine of ___________.

2. In "October 1 The Foliage," what happens for the first time?

3. While the author is working on building the new outhouse, what must he make a trip into town to get?

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

5. "The Urgency of Spring" is the story of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place in "The Time of Birdsong"? Why is this important to the author?

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

3. What happens to the author's vegetables? How might he feel about this?

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

5. What does the author do in "Election Time?" How does this reveal his feelings regarding elections?

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

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

9. Describe the author's relationship with Jack. What does this reveal about the author?

10. How does Jack act like other ravens? How does the author predict this?

Essay Topics

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

Although the author's life may seem more simple, he is often very busy.

Part 1) What is he often busy doing? Why? What does this reveal about the "simple" life? Is it truly all that simple? Explain.

Part 2) How is the author affected by this simple life? How does he feel about his new routine and daily activities? Why does he feel this way?

Part 3) How might you be changed by simplifying your life? Would your life slow down if you simplified it? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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