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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 "April 2 Dreams," the author remembers a couple of dreams from how long ago?
2. The author decides to make maple syrup with whom?
3. The author cooks mice for the students. How do they feel about eating mouse?
4. Why might the squirrels be biting down into the bark?
5. What occurs in "January 13"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the author spend Christmas? How does he feel about this? How does this experience compare to his other experiences throughout this book?
2. What does the author think of himself and his students in comparison to other people? Do you agree? Why or why not?
3. How important are these fishing expeditions for the author? Why?
4. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?
5. What takes place in "April 4 Returns"? Describe the author's attitude at this time.
6. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?
7. What does the author realize about the ravens in "December 23 Ravens"? How does this affect his behavior?
8. Describe the author's dreams in "April 2 Dreams." What might these mean?
9. What does he author say about his favorite season? Why might he feel this way?
10. What takes place in "Cows"? What is your reaction to this? Why?
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
At several times throughout the book the author describes and discusses the history of the land.
Part 1) Describe this history. Why does the author tell his readers about the history of the people of Maine, as well as the geological history of the area? Is this important information for the story? Why or why not? How is this information connected to other aspects of the story?
Part 2) What else does the author study during his time in the Maine woods? Why does he study this? How is this study, as a whole, an important part of the author's time in the Maine woods?
Part 3) How is studying a part of your everyday life? How does this affect you? How can you benefit from studying? How can people, in general, benefit from studying?
Essay Topic 3
The author notices how perceptive the wild animals are.
Part 1) How does he begin to notice this? Is he surprised by how perceptive they are? Why or why not?
Part 2) How does the degree of the author's ability to perceive begin to mirror that of the animals? Why does this occur? Might reading this book make you more perceptive? Why or why not?
Part 3) How else might a reader be changed by this book? How does this support the purpose of this book?
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