Joyful Noise Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is "Joyful Noise?" Why might the poet find this joyful?

Joyful noise describes the noises and actions made by various types of insects. The poet may find this joyful if he has an interest in or fascination with insects.

2. What is the purpose of this book?

The purpose of this book is to help the reader relate to insects and better appreciate these small creatures.

3. Describe the grasshoppers in "Grasshoppers" and the water striders in "Water Striders." How do they compare?

The grasshoppers bound, leap, and jump throughout the entire poem. They are full of energy. The water striders are very confident creatures whose students frequently fall in the water when they try to copy the water strider's ability to walk on water. They are similar because they are insects and have a great deal of skill in the ways they can move. They are different because the grasshoppers' personalities are not described, just their movements. The water strider's actions as a teacher are just as important as its movement.

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