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 another very detailed dream, he is looking for a place to rest but is suddenly swept away by ______________ elephants.

2. In "Cows," why does the author go into town?

3. In one he sees a huge _____________ owl starting at him.

4. At the end of the section, where is the author when he encounters a deer?

5. According to the farmer, how do most people use the dead calves?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?

3. What observations does the author make in "May 15 Weeds in Huckleberry Bog"? What might be the significance of this?

4. How does the author feel about celebrating Christmas? Why might he feel this way?

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

6. What takes place in "December 29 Winter Ecology?" Why might the author do this?

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

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

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

10. How does the author spend Christmas? How does he feel about this? How does this experience compare to his other experiences throughout this book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Stuart, the author's son, visits him several times at the cabin.

Part 1) Describe their visits together. What do these visits reveal about each of them? What do they reveal about their relationship? Do you believe the author spends enough time with his son? Is this a healthy relationship between a parent and a child? Why or why not?

Part 2) How would you feel if your parents divorced and one of them left to live in another state? How might this affect you and your relationship with your parents?

Part 3) What are your thoughts on divorce and the actions of parents regarding their children? Can children of divorce lead healthy lives? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The author rids himself of many modern conveniences.

Part 1) What are several modern conveniences he does away with? Why? What is the purpose of ridding his life of modern conveniences? Should he do this? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this "simpler" life affect the author? What does he learn about himself, the natural world around him, and the modern world from doing away with most modern conveniences?

Part 3) Should people spend time without modern conveniences and technology? Why or why not? Would you choose to live without modern conveniences for a period of time? Why or why not?

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