A Year in the Maine Woods Test | Final Test - Hard

Bernd Heinrich
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author believes he may be wanted as __________ in "The Spiker."

2. The author concluded that the squirrels had developed a way of making ___________.

3. The author also writes about the miniature plants left over from _________that make their homes close to the ground?

4. In another very detailed dream, he is looking for a place to rest but is suddenly swept away by ______________ elephants.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author studies life cycles.

Part 1) Describe the life cycles the author studies. What does he learn about them? Why does he study them? How are they connected to other things he studies while living in the Maine woods?

Part 2) How is this book, as a whole, a study of life cycles? Describe the author's life cycle at this point. What might his life be like once he leaves the woods? Why?

Part 3) What have you learned about life and life cycles because of this book? How is this new information important in your life? What can you do with this new information?

Essay Topic 2

The author has developed a keen sense of only noticing the unique and new.

Part 1) Use details from the book to prove this statement to be true. How has he come to have this keen sense? How is he now like Jack? is he also like other wild animals? Why or why not? Are you surprised that he has grown to be more like the animals around him? Why or why not?

Part 2) What does this change in the author's senses reveal about the influence of one's environment? How much has the author been influenced by his environment? Explain.

Part 3) Can this change in one's senses take place in the civilized, modern world? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

At several points in the book, the author describes and discusses various memories.

Part 1) What are these memories? What leads him to describe and discuss these memories? What does he say about these memories? How do they pertain to his life now?

Part 2) What are some of your most vivid memories? What are the triggers for these memories? Why? How do these memories compare to reality? Are these accurate memories? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are memories important to people around the world? What role does memory play in one's culture? What can memories reveal about the one to whom they belong?

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