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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. In "April 21," the author and Stuart, his son, take ___________.
3. Where are the students who arrive in "December 29 Winter Ecology" from?
4. In "December 21," the author discovers that a local squirrel has stashed __________ all along the path.
5. What is the mood of the people as they stock up for a big storm in "March 13 Storm Warnings"?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the snow storm. How does it affect the author?
2. How important are these fishing expeditions for the author? Why?
3. What observations does the author make in "May 15 Weeds in Huckleberry Bog"? What might be the significance of this?
4. What experiment does the author perform with the squirrels? Why?
5. What does he author say about his favorite season? Why might he feel this way?
6. Describe "April 20." Is the author's life a simple one? Why or why not?
7. How does the author spend Christmas? How does he feel about this? How does this experience compare to his other experiences throughout this book?
8. What takes place in "Early February"? What is your reaction to this? Why?
9. What takes place in "January 5 Bog Trip"? How might this affect the students?
10. What takes place in "Cows"? What is your reaction to this? Why?
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
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 3
At several points in the book, the author describes and discusses various memories.
Part 1) What are these memories? What leads him to describe and discuss these memories? What does he say about these memories? How do they pertain to his life now?
Part 2) What are some of your most vivid memories? What are the triggers for these memories? Why? How do these memories compare to reality? Are these accurate memories? Why or why not?
Part 3) How are memories important to people around the world? What role does memory play in one's culture? What can memories reveal about the one to whom they belong?
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