A Year in the Maine Woods Test | Final 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 "Moss Watch," the author describes the various types of ________________ he can see around his cabin.

2. Where does the author take a trip to in "May 2"?

3. In "April 21," the author and Stuart, his son, take ___________.

4. In "November 28 More Flies," how does the the author attempt to rid his cabin of flies?

5. In "Cows," why does the author go into town?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author realize about the ravens in "December 23 Ravens"? How does this affect his behavior?

2. What does he author say about his favorite season? Why might he feel this way?

3. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?

4. What takes place in "Cows"? What is your reaction to this? Why?

5. What observations does the author make in "May 15 Weeds in Huckleberry Bog"? What might be the significance of this?

6. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?

7. How does the author feel about celebrating Christmas? Why might he feel this way?

8. How important are these fishing expeditions for the author? Why?

9. What takes place in "January 5 Bog Trip"? How might this affect the students?

10. What does the author think of himself and his students in comparison to other people? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author is sick of celebrating Christmas in the traditional American way.

Part 1) How has he come to this conclusion? Why might he feel this way? Might these feelings change again? Why or why not?

Part 2) How might he want to celebrate Christmas? Why might he want to celebrate it in this way? How might it reflect his lifestyle since he has lived in the cabin in the Maine woods?

Part 3) How do you celebrate holidays? Do you celebrate in a traditionally American way? Why or why not? Would you change the way you celebrate? If so, how would you change and why would you change? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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