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. The author and his neighbor _________ go ice fishing in "April 3 Ice Fishing."

2. In "April 28 Free Search," the author goes on a nature walk _______________.

3. When the author goes for a walk in his snowshoes, what does he observe?

4. For what sound does the author still listen intently?

5. The author dissects the cocoon and discovers a great deal about _____________.

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. Describe the author's dreams in "April 2 Dreams." What might these mean?

3. Describe the snow storm. How does it affect the author?

4. What takes place in "Cows"? What is your reaction to this? Why?

5. What takes place in "April 4 Returns"? Describe the author's attitude at this time.

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

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

8. What does the author notice about the squirrels in "March 20-21"? What are your thoughts regarding the squirrels' behavior?

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

10. What does the author think of himself and his students in comparison to other people? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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