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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. When the author goes for a walk in his snowshoes, what does he observe?
2. On the way back to the car, what does the author find?
3. In "November 28 More Flies," how does the the author attempt to rid his cabin of flies?
4. In "April 21," the author and Stuart, his son, take ___________.
5. The author ponders about the first Native Americans who discovered __________.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?
2. Describe the author's walk in "April 28 Free Search." Why does he do this?
3. Describe the snow storm. How does it affect the author?
4. What is taking place in "March 13 Storm Warnings"? Why do the people act and feel this way?
5. Describe the metamorphosis taking place in the Maine woods. How might the author feel about this?
6. How important are these fishing expeditions for the author? Why?
7. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?
8. How does the author deal with his "cabin fever"?
9. Describe "April 20." Is the author's life a simple one? Why or why not?
10. What is the most important aspect of hunting for the author? 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
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?
Essay Topic 3
Although the author's life may seem more simple, he is often very busy.
Part 1) What is he often busy doing? Why? What does this reveal about the "simple" life? Is it truly all that simple? Explain.
Part 2) How is the author affected by this simple life? How does he feel about his new routine and daily activities? Why does he feel this way?
Part 3) How might you be changed by simplifying your life? Would your life slow down if you simplified it? Why or why not?
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