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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. How does the sample surprise the author?
2. In "January 20 Coyotes," what is the man, which the author just happens upon, doing?
3. What occurs in "January 13"?
4. How does the author act with the townspeople?
5. The author also writes about the miniature plants left over from _________that make their homes close to the ground?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is taking place in "March 13 Storm Warnings"? Why do the people act and feel this way?
2. What takes place in "April 4 Returns"? Describe the author's attitude at this time.
3. Describe the author's dreams in "April 2 Dreams." What might these mean?
4. Describe the snow storm. How does it affect the author?
5. How does the author spend Christmas? How does he feel about this? How does this experience compare to his other experiences throughout this book?
6. What observations does the author make in "May 15 Weeds in Huckleberry Bog"? What might be the significance of this?
7. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?
8. What does the author say in "Moss Watch"? Why might he study moss?
9. Describe "April 20." Is the author's life a simple one? Why or why not?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Much of the activities in the woods have to do with survival.
Part 1) Describe the activities of the author and other creatures. How are they necessary to survival? What parallels in behavior can be seen between the author and the wild animals? Why?
Part 2) What activities do you do that are related to survival? Are those activities based on instinct or on the way in which you were raised?
Part 3) How is survival a theme in this book? What does the author say about this theme? Why does he say this? What does this reveal about him?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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