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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. Where are the students who arrive in "December 29 Winter Ecology" from?
2. In one he sees a huge _____________ owl starting at him.
3. At the end of the section, where is the author when he encounters a deer?
4. While driving along the way to take his son back, what does the author see?
5. In "April 8," what does the author check out on a dairy farm?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the author realize about the ravens in "December 23 Ravens"? How does this affect his behavior?
2. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?
3. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?
4. How do Stuart's classmates respond to his father? How important might their reactions be to how he perceives his father? Why?
5. What experiment does the author perform with the squirrels? Why?
6. What takes place in "December 29 Winter Ecology?" Why might the author do this?
7. Describe the author's walk in "April 28 Free Search." Why does he do this?
8. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?
9. What does the author say in "Moss Watch"? Why might he study moss?
10. What does he author say about his favorite season? Why might he feel this way?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
The author has developed a keen sense of only noticing the unique and new.
Part 1) Use details from the book to prove this statement to be true. How has he come to have this keen sense? How is he now like Jack? is he also like other wild animals? Why or why not? Are you surprised that he has grown to be more like the animals around him? Why or why not?
Part 2) What does this change in the author's senses reveal about the influence of one's environment? How much has the author been influenced by his environment? Explain.
Part 3) Can this change in one's senses take place in the civilized, modern world? If so, how? If not, why not?
Essay Topic 3
The author notices how perceptive the wild animals are.
Part 1) How does he begin to notice this? Is he surprised by how perceptive they are? Why or why not?
Part 2) How does the degree of the author's ability to perceive begin to mirror that of the animals? Why does this occur? Might reading this book make you more perceptive? Why or why not?
Part 3) How else might a reader be changed by this book? How does this support the purpose of this book?
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