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. The author visits his son's school in __________________.

2. The author decides to make maple syrup with whom?

3. The author describes the awakening life in what chapter?

4. In the last section, "May 24 Graduation," the author makes the trip back to his university to see ________ graduate.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the author's walk in "April 28 Free Search." Why does he do this?

2. What experiment does the author perform with the squirrels? Why?

3. How does the author feel about the mice and flies? Why? How does this compare to how he feels about other animals?

4. How does the author deal with his "cabin fever"?

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

6. Describe the snow storm. How does it affect the author?

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

8. Describe the metamorphosis taking place in the Maine woods. How might the author feel about this?

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

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

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 rids himself of many modern conveniences.

Part 1) What are several modern conveniences he does away with? Why? What is the purpose of ridding his life of modern conveniences? Should he do this? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this "simpler" life affect the author? What does he learn about himself, the natural world around him, and the modern world from doing away with most modern conveniences?

Part 3) Should people spend time without modern conveniences and technology? Why or why not? Would you choose to live without modern conveniences for a period of time? Why or why not?

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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