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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. In what chapter does the author note how many activities and responsibilities he has taken on?
2. In "April 4 Returns," what does the author spend the night doing?
3. On December 9, the author returns to his cabin in the woods just in time for what event?
4. The author spends Christmas with whom in "December 25"?
5. What is the mood of the people as they stock up for a big storm in "March 13 Storm Warnings"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the author feel about celebrating Christmas? Why might he feel this way?
2. What does the author notice in "December 3"?
3. What does he author say about his favorite season? Why might he feel this way?
4. Describe "April 20." Is the author's life a simple one? Why or why not?
5. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?
6. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?
7. How does the author spend Christmas? How does he feel about this? How does this experience compare to his other experiences throughout this book?
8. What is the most important aspect of hunting for the author? Why?
9. Describe the author's walk in "April 28 Free Search." Why does he do this?
10. What takes place in "December 29 Winter Ecology?" Why might the author do this?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author goes for many runs.
Part 1) Describe these runs. Why does the author choose to go on these runs? Why are they important to him? What do they reveal about him?
Part 2) How are his runs tied to other events in this book? What else is important to the author while he is living in the cabin? Why?
Part 3) What activities do you participate in? Why? What do they reveal about you? How are they important to you and your life?
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?
This section contains 1,250 words
(approx. 5 pages at 300 words per page)