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 and his neighbor _________ go ice fishing in "April 3 Ice Fishing."

2. The author describes the awakening life in what chapter?

3. How does the author act with the townspeople?

4. In "March 14 Storm" what is the author beginning to feel?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author spend Christmas? How does he feel about this? How does this experience compare to his other experiences throughout this book?

3. Describe the snow storm. How does it affect the author?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author is sick of celebrating Christmas in the traditional American way.

Part 1) How has he come to this conclusion? Why might he feel this way? Might these feelings change again? Why or why not?

Part 2) How might he want to celebrate Christmas? Why might he want to celebrate it in this way? How might it reflect his lifestyle since he has lived in the cabin in the Maine woods?

Part 3) How do you celebrate holidays? Do you celebrate in a traditionally American way? Why or why not? Would you change the way you celebrate? If so, how would you change and why would you change? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

The author captures a raven and names him Jack.

Part 1) How does he go about catching the raven? Why does he capture Jack? Describe the author's experiences with Jack. What is learned about the author through his relationship with Jack?

Part 2) How does the author change because of Jack? What does he learn from Jack? How do ravens become a significant aspect of this book? Why?

Part 3) How is the author's relationship with all animals a significant part of this book? What does this reveal about the author?

Essay Topic 3

The author teaches a fifteen-day intensive course.

Part 1) Describe this course. Why does the author teach it? What does this reveal about him? What does this experience also reveal about him? What does this experience also reveal about his students? Describe the relationship between the author and his students.

Part 2) What are the benefits of a course such as this? Would you be interested in participating in something like this? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does this course compare to a regular college or high school course? What can teachers and professors of regular classroom-based classes learn from the course taught by the author? How might aspects of this course be incorporated into a regular classroom setting?

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