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. For what sound does the author still listen intently?

2. On December 9, the author returns to his cabin in the woods just in time for what event?

3. What is the mood of the people as they stock up for a big storm in "March 13 Storm Warnings"?

4. In "April 21," the author and Stuart, his son, take ___________.

5. The author ponders about the first Native Americans who discovered __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Stuart's classmates respond to his father? How important might their reactions be to how he perceives his father? Why?

2. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?

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

4. What is taking place in "March 13 Storm Warnings"? Why do the people act and feel this way?

5. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?

6. What takes place in "April 4 Returns"? Describe the author's attitude at this time.

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

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

9. What does the author think of himself and his students in comparison to other people? Do you agree? Why or why not?

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

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 gets close to several animals.

Part 1) Describe these encounters. How does the author feel about these encounters? Why does he feel this way? What does this reveal about him?

Part 2) How else does the author grow closer to nature? Why? How might this affect him after he leaves the cabin?

Part 3) Why might it be important for all people to get more in touch with nature? How could this affect our communities and our planet as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

The author spends much of the book observing changes in the seasons.

Part 1) Describe these various changes. How does the author feel about these changes? Why does he feel this way?

Part 2) How does the author's behavior reflect these changes in the seasons? Why are his actions a reflection of these changes?

Part 3) How is change a theme in this book? What other changes take place? Why do these changes take place?

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