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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. What does the author see the squirrels licking?
2. When the author and his friend get to the stream, can any fish be found?
3. In one he sees a huge _____________ owl starting at him.
4. On December 9, the author returns to his cabin in the woods just in time for what event?
5. According to the farmer, how do most people use the dead calves?
Short Essay Questions
1. What takes place in "December 29 Winter Ecology?" Why might the author do this?
2. How does the author spend Christmas? How does he feel about this? How does this experience compare to his other experiences throughout this book?
3. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?
4. What experiment does the author perform with the squirrels? Why?
5. What takes place in "Early February"? What is your reaction to this? Why?
6. How important are these fishing expeditions for the author? Why?
7. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?
8. What takes place in "April 4 Returns"? Describe the author's attitude at this time.
9. What does the author notice in "December 3"?
10. What is taking place in "March 13 Storm Warnings"? Why do the people act and feel this way?
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
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 3
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?
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