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 logging company uses dangerous ________________ to get rid of the trees.

2. In the section "September 23-26 The Garden," the author observes what about the green beans and squash he planted?

3. A great glacier expands and retracts across North America for the last few _____________ years.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does the author learn about the life cycles of plants and animals in "The Urgency of Spring"?

7. How is the author's sense of smell important to him?

8. How does the book come to an end? After a year of living in the woods, how does the author feel about his life there? Why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author gets close to several animals.

Part 1) Describe these encounters. How does the author feel about these encounters? Why does he feel this way? What does this reveal about him?

Part 2) How else does the author grow closer to nature? Why? How might this affect him after he leaves the cabin?

Part 3) Why might it be important for all people to get more in touch with nature? How could this affect our communities and our planet as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

At several points in the book, the author describes and discusses various memories.

Part 1) What are these memories? What leads him to describe and discuss these memories? What does he say about these memories? How do they pertain to his life now?

Part 2) What are some of your most vivid memories? What are the triggers for these memories? Why? How do these memories compare to reality? Are these accurate memories? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are memories important to people around the world? What role does memory play in one's culture? What can memories reveal about the one to whom they belong?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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