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. In "March 20-21 First Tappers," what does the author notice about the squirrels?

2. In the last section, "May 24 Graduation," the author makes the trip back to his university to see ________ graduate.

3. The author notes how perceptive the ravens are to _____________.

4. What kind of fish does the author consider the perch to be?

5. In "Excursions," what creatures are endangered because of high quantities of mercury and PCB in the water?

Short Essay Questions

1. What experiment does the author perform with the squirrels? Why?

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

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

4. How important are these fishing expeditions for the author? Why?

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

6. How does the author deal with his "cabin fever"?

7. What does the author say in "Moss Watch"? Why might he study moss?

8. How does the author feel about the mice and flies? Why? How does this compare to how he feels about other animals?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The weather is an important part of life in the woods.

Part 1) Describe the weather patterns discussed by the author. Why does he discuss them? How is the weather important to him?

Part 2) Is weather as important to us in the modern world as it is to someone living in the wilderness? Why or why not?

Part 3) How does weather affect our world today? What role do humans play in the changes in weather?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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