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. Where do the author and his son go In "Early September"?

2. In "September 13," how many miles does the author run as he observes caterpillars, ravens, and flies along the way?

3. How does the author think the clearing will look in the end, even though his style of harvesting trees could be considered sloppy?

4. "October 3 The Annual Rendezvous" is about __________________.

5. After the author runs, how does he feel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the purpose of "Beginnings"?

3. Describe the author's first morning in the cabin. What can be predicted regarding his stay in this cabin based on this information?

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

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

6. Describe the author's traveling companion. Why might he want this companion?

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

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

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

10. What takes place in "September 27 Starting a Sugar Shack"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stuart, the author's son, visits him several times at the cabin.

Part 1) Describe their visits together. What do these visits reveal about each of them? What do they reveal about their relationship? Do you believe the author spends enough time with his son? Is this a healthy relationship between a parent and a child? Why or why not?

Part 2) How would you feel if your parents divorced and one of them left to live in another state? How might this affect you and your relationship with your parents?

Part 3) What are your thoughts on divorce and the actions of parents regarding their children? Can children of divorce lead healthy lives? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Much of the activities in the woods have to do with survival.

Part 1) Describe the activities of the author and other creatures. How are they necessary to survival? What parallels in behavior can be seen between the author and the wild animals? Why?

Part 2) What activities do you do that are related to survival? Are those activities based on instinct or on the way in which you were raised?

Part 3) How is survival a theme in this book? What does the author say about this theme? Why does he say this? What does this reveal about him?

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