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. After a few weeks, what does Jack learn to do on his own?

3. In "August 9-13 Some Berries," the author is in search of some _____________.

4. His traveling companion is a ____________ that he took out of the nest when it was still a baby.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the author like Jack? Why?

2. What is Adam's Hill? What is the purpose of the information about Adam's Hill?

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

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

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

6. What takes place in "September 20 Clearcuts"?

7. What takes place in "August 14 Whispers of Fall"?

8. What takes place in "August 4 Wanderers"?

9. How does "August 9-13 Some Berries" lead to a reflection of the author's childhood?

10. How are trees a good source of energy? What can the reader learn from this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author spends much of the book observing changes in the seasons.

Part 1) Describe these various changes. How does the author feel about these changes? Why does he feel this way?

Part 2) How does the author's behavior reflect these changes in the seasons? Why are his actions a reflection of these changes?

Part 3) How is change a theme in this book? What other changes take place? Why do these changes take place?

Essay Topic 2

The author is sick of celebrating Christmas in the traditional American way.

Part 1) How has he come to this conclusion? Why might he feel this way? Might these feelings change again? Why or why not?

Part 2) How might he want to celebrate Christmas? Why might he want to celebrate it in this way? How might it reflect his lifestyle since he has lived in the cabin in the Maine woods?

Part 3) How do you celebrate holidays? Do you celebrate in a traditionally American way? Why or why not? Would you change the way you celebrate? If so, how would you change and why would you change? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

The author rids himself of many modern conveniences.

Part 1) What are several modern conveniences he does away with? Why? What is the purpose of ridding his life of modern conveniences? Should he do this? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this "simpler" life affect the author? What does he learn about himself, the natural world around him, and the modern world from doing away with most modern conveniences?

Part 3) Should people spend time without modern conveniences and technology? Why or why not? Would you choose to live without modern conveniences for a period of time? Why or why not?

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