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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. The author spends Christmas with whom in "December 25"?
2. According to the author, where do the most successful nest builders place their nests?
3. In "March 14 After the Storm," why does the author go into town again?
4. Why did the author have an easy time seeing the tracks of various animals?
5. The farmer also sells some_________ here and there to make money.
Short Essay Questions
1. What takes place in "Early February"? What is your reaction to this? Why?
2. What takes place in "April 4 Returns"? Describe the author's attitude at this time.
3. What does the author say in "Moss Watch"? Why might he study moss?
4. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?
5. What is taking place in "March 13 Storm Warnings"? Why do the people act and feel this way?
6. How does the author feel about the mice and flies? Why? How does this compare to how he feels about other animals?
7. How does the author feel about celebrating Christmas? Why might he feel this way?
8. What takes place in "January 5 Bog Trip"? How might this affect the students?
9. Describe "April 20." Is the author's life a simple one? Why or why not?
10. What does the author learn from this dissection? How is this important to him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author is sick of celebrating Christmas in the traditional American way.
Part 1) How has he come to this conclusion? Why might he feel this way? Might these feelings change again? Why or why not?
Part 2) How might he want to celebrate Christmas? Why might he want to celebrate it in this way? How might it reflect his lifestyle since he has lived in the cabin in the Maine woods?
Part 3) How do you celebrate holidays? Do you celebrate in a traditionally American way? Why or why not? Would you change the way you celebrate? If so, how would you change and why would you change? If not, why not?
Essay Topic 2
The author studies life cycles.
Part 1) Describe the life cycles the author studies. What does he learn about them? Why does he study them? How are they connected to other things he studies while living in the Maine woods?
Part 2) How is this book, as a whole, a study of life cycles? Describe the author's life cycle at this point. What might his life be like once he leaves the woods? Why?
Part 3) What have you learned about life and life cycles because of this book? How is this new information important in your life? What can you do with this new information?
Essay Topic 3
The author keeps records of his experiences for one year in the woods of Maine.
Part 1) Describe these records. Why does he want to do this? Why does he decide to spend a year in Maine? Do you see this as a beneficial experience? Why or why not?
Part 2) How did the author change throughout this year? What caused these changes? How might the author have been permanently affected by his experiences in the Maine woods?
Part 3) What have you learned from the author's experiences during this year? How might you benefit from this? Has reading this book changed you? Why or why not?
This section contains 1,450 words
(approx. 5 pages at 300 words per page)