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 "April 2 Dreams," the author remembers a couple of dreams from how long ago?

2. Why does the author make a trip in "December 4"?

3. What holiday is "February 2"?

4. The author describes the awakening life in what chapter?

5. How does the author act with the townspeople?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe "April 20." Is the author's life a simple one? Why or why not?

2. What does the author realize about the ravens in "December 23 Ravens"? How does this affect his behavior?

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

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

5. How does the book come to an end? After a year of living in the woods, how does the author feel about his life there? Why?

6. Describe the author's walk in "April 28 Free Search." Why does he do this?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At several times throughout the book the author describes and discusses the history of the land.

Part 1) Describe this history. Why does the author tell his readers about the history of the people of Maine, as well as the geological history of the area? Is this important information for the story? Why or why not? How is this information connected to other aspects of the story?

Part 2) What else does the author study during his time in the Maine woods? Why does he study this? How is this study, as a whole, an important part of the author's time in the Maine woods?

Part 3) How is studying a part of your everyday life? How does this affect you? How can you benefit from studying? How can people, in general, benefit from studying?

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 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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