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. In "April 4 Returns," what does the author spend the night doing?

2. In "April 2 Dreams," the author remembers a couple of dreams from how long ago?

3. Where are the students who arrive in "December 29 Winter Ecology" from?

4. What occurs in "January 13"?

5. The author notes the changing seasons and decides his favorite season is ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What takes place in "Cows"? What is your reaction to this? Why?

3. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?

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

5. How does the book come to an end? After a year of living in the woods, how does the author feel about his life there? Why?

6. What does the author say in "Moss Watch"? Why might he study moss?

7. What is taking place in "March 13 Storm Warnings"? Why do the people act and feel this way?

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

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

10. Describe "April 20." Is the author's life a simple one? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

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

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 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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