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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 notes the changing seasons and decides his favorite season is ____________.
2. In "December 21," the author discovers that a local squirrel has stashed __________ all along the path.
3. Where can moss grow?
4. The author is intrigued that the grubs don't seem affected by __________.
5. When the elephants disappear, the author notices that the ground is covered with _______.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the author learn from this dissection? How is this important to him?
2. What takes place in "January 5 Bog Trip"? How might this affect the students?
3. What observations does the author make in "May 15 Weeds in Huckleberry Bog"? What might be the significance of this?
4. What takes place in "Cows"? What is your reaction to this? Why?
5. What takes place in "December 29 Winter Ecology?" Why might the author do this?
6. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?
7. 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?
8. What takes place in "Early February"? What is your reaction to this? Why?
9. Describe the author's walk in "April 28 Free Search." Why does he do this?
10. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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