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. In the section "September 20 Clearcuts," the author observes some wasps. This makes him think back to _____________.

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

3. What caused the animals in the region to change?

4. In "Jack," what details are given about the author?

5. In the section "Time," the author realizes that he has spent over _________ months in the cabin.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does the author feel about his housemates in "October 7 Housemates"? Why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author observes the seeds blowing off of a maple tree.

Part 1) Describe this observation. How is he affected by this observation? How does this affect his view of mankind?

Part 2) What other observations encourage him to contemplate other aspects of human life? Explain.

Part 3) What has happened in your own life that has made you take notice of the quality of human life and mankind's abilities? How has this affected you? How does it compare to the author's observations and revelations about mankind?

Essay Topic 2

The author teaches a fifteen-day intensive course.

Part 1) Describe this course. Why does the author teach it? What does this reveal about him? What does this experience also reveal about him? What does this experience also reveal about his students? Describe the relationship between the author and his students.

Part 2) What are the benefits of a course such as this? Would you be interested in participating in something like this? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does this course compare to a regular college or high school course? What can teachers and professors of regular classroom-based classes learn from the course taught by the author? How might aspects of this course be incorporated into a regular classroom setting?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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