A Year in the Maine Woods Test | Final Test - Hard

Bernd Heinrich
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which bog is the author's favorite?

2. The author and his son watch a ______________ fly up into the sky and then circle back down to the ground.

3. The farmer also sells some_________ here and there to make money.

4. The author believes he may be wanted as __________ in "The Spiker."

5. Why does the author make a trip in "December 4"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author studies life cycles.

Part 1) Describe the life cycles the author studies. What does he learn about them? Why does he study them? How are they connected to other things he studies while living in the Maine woods?

Part 2) How is this book, as a whole, a study of life cycles? Describe the author's life cycle at this point. What might his life be like once he leaves the woods? Why?

Part 3) What have you learned about life and life cycles because of this book? How is this new information important in your life? What can you do with this new information?

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 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?

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