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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 "January 31," the author must deal with extreme cold weather as well as the return of _______.
2. The author concluded that the squirrels had developed a way of making ___________.
3. In "January 20 Coyotes," what is the man, which the author just happens upon, doing?
4. When the author and his friend get to the stream, can any fish be found?
5. How does Stuart feel about his father?
Short Essay Questions
1. What takes place in "December 29 Winter Ecology?" Why might the author do this?
2. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?
3. How important are these fishing expeditions for the author? Why?
4. How does the author deal with his "cabin fever"?
5. What experiment does the author perform with the squirrels? Why?
6. Describe the metamorphosis taking place in the Maine woods. How might the author feel about this?
7. How do Stuart's classmates respond to his father? How important might their reactions be to how he perceives his father? Why?
8. What does the author say in "Moss Watch"? Why might he study moss?
9. What takes place in "January 5 Bog Trip"? How might this affect the students?
10. Describe the author's dreams in "April 2 Dreams." What might these mean?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
The author takes his son to the county fair.
Part 1) Describe their time at the fair. What do these events reveal about the culture of those who participate in the county fair? What do the author's reaction and his son's reaction reveal about them?
Part 2) Why does the author tell of his trip to the fair? How is this trip related to other events described in this book? What else does the author do with his son? What do these activities reveal about each of them and their relationship with each other?
Part 3) How are fairs an important part of the American culture? Why are they still important today? What does this reveal about Americans today?
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