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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. After thinking about some bizarre encounters that he recently had with the logging company, what does the author decide?
2. The author believes he may be wanted as __________ in "The Spiker."
3. On December 9, the author returns to his cabin in the woods just in time for what event?
4. The author is quite proud about __________.
5. Whom does the author ask to go fishing with him in "May 4 Smelting"?
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. How important are these fishing expeditions for the author? Why?
3. What is taking place in "March 13 Storm Warnings"? Why do the people act and feel this way?
4. What does the author learn from this dissection? How is this important to him?
5. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?
6. What does the author think of himself and his students in comparison to other people? Do you agree? Why or why not?
7. What does the author realize about the ravens in "December 23 Ravens"? How does this affect his behavior?
8. 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?
9. How does the author feel about celebrating Christmas? Why might he feel this way?
10. What takes place in "March 31"? How might the author feel about this?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The author captures a raven and names him Jack.
Part 1) How does he go about catching the raven? Why does he capture Jack? Describe the author's experiences with Jack. What is learned about the author through his relationship with Jack?
Part 2) How does the author change because of Jack? What does he learn from Jack? How do ravens become a significant aspect of this book? Why?
Part 3) How is the author's relationship with all animals a significant part of this book? What does this reveal about the author?
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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