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 author and a friend who comes to visit one evening make a ___________ cobbler and dance in the moonlight.

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

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

4. Now that the leaves have fallen, what can the author do?

5. What does the section "August 4 Wanderers" describe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the author notice in "October 6 Cherry HIll Drive"? Why might this be important?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The weather is an important part of life in the woods.

Part 1) Describe the weather patterns discussed by the author. Why does he discuss them? How is the weather important to him?

Part 2) Is weather as important to us in the modern world as it is to someone living in the wilderness? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does weather affect our world today? What role do humans play in the changes in weather?

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 keeps records of his experiences for one year in the woods of Maine.

Part 1) Describe these records. Why does he want to do this? Why does he decide to spend a year in Maine? Do you see this as a beneficial experience? Why or why not?

Part 2) How did the author change throughout this year? What caused these changes? How might the author have been permanently affected by his experiences in the Maine woods?

Part 3) What have you learned from the author's experiences during this year? How might you benefit from this? Has reading this book changed you? Why or why not?

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