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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 has become rather sick of celebrating __________________ in the traditional American way.
2. In "March 20-21 First Tappers," what does the author notice about the squirrels?
3. Why did the author have an easy time seeing the tracks of various animals?
4. In what chapter does it rain all day?
5. Why might the squirrels be biting down into the bark?
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. What does the author notice in "December 3"?
3. What is the most important aspect of hunting for the author? Why?
4. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?
5. What does he author say about his favorite season? Why might he feel this way?
6. Describe the metamorphosis taking place in the Maine woods. How might the author feel about this?
7. How does the author deal with his "cabin fever"?
8. What takes place in "Early February"? What is your reaction to this? Why?
9. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?
10. What does the author realize about the ravens in "December 23 Ravens"? How does this affect his behavior?
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
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
Fishing is often discussed in this book.
Part 1) Describe the author's fishing expeditions. Why does he go fishing? How is fishing important in this book? What other activities pertaining to his relationship with nature are also important? Why?
Part 2) What else is also discussed a great deal in this book? Why? How is this important to the author and to this book?
Part 3) What activities in your own life are of importance? Why? How do these activities compare to those of the author?
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