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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 ponders about the first Native Americans who discovered __________.
2. In "December 12 Rump Steak," the author discovers that the steak that he thought a friendly neighbor left him to enjoy through the winter was actually what?
3. What occurs in "January 13"?
4. In another very detailed dream, he is looking for a place to rest but is suddenly swept away by ______________ elephants.
5. Whom does the author ask to go fishing with him in "May 4 Smelting"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the author feel about celebrating Christmas? Why might he feel this way?
2. What does the author learn from this dissection? How is this important to him?
3. What takes place in "January 5 Bog Trip"? How might this affect the students?
4. What does the author realize about the ravens in "December 23 Ravens"? How does this affect his behavior?
5. What takes place in "Cows"? What is your reaction to this? Why?
6. How does the author feel about the mice and flies? Why? How does this compare to how he feels about other animals?
7. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?
8. How important are these fishing expeditions for the author? Why?
9. What takes place in "April 4 Returns"? Describe the author's attitude at this time.
10. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
The author spends much of the book observing changes in the seasons.
Part 1) Describe these various changes. How does the author feel about these changes? Why does he feel this way?
Part 2) How does the author's behavior reflect these changes in the seasons? Why are his actions a reflection of these changes?
Part 3) How is change a theme in this book? What other changes take place? Why do these changes take place?
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