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 dissects the cocoon and discovers a great deal about _____________.

2. Which bog is the author's favorite?

3. What does the author set out to do in "November 25 Connections"?

4. What does the author begin in "March 23"?

5. The author ponders about the first Native Americans who discovered __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author realize about the ravens in "December 23 Ravens"? How does this affect his behavior?

3. What takes place in "Early February"? What is your reaction to this? Why?

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

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

6. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?

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

8. How do Stuart's classmates respond to his father? How important might their reactions be to how he perceives his father? Why?

9. What does the author think of himself and his students in comparison to other people? Do you agree? Why or why not?

10. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author observes the seeds blowing off of a maple tree.

Part 1) Describe this observation. How is he affected by this observation? How does this affect his view of mankind?

Part 2) What other observations encourage him to contemplate other aspects of human life? Explain.

Part 3) What has happened in your own life that has made you take notice of the quality of human life and mankind's abilities? How has this affected you? How does it compare to the author's observations and revelations about mankind?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Much of the activities in the woods have to do with survival.

Part 1) Describe the activities of the author and other creatures. How are they necessary to survival? What parallels in behavior can be seen between the author and the wild animals? Why?

Part 2) What activities do you do that are related to survival? Are those activities based on instinct or on the way in which you were raised?

Part 3) How is survival a theme in this book? What does the author say about this theme? Why does he say this? What does this reveal about him?

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