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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. The digger wasp wants its children to know that they were ____________.
(b) Prayed for.
2. The first thing that one notices when turning the page to the poem about whirligigs is what?
(a) The art work.
(b) The vocabulary in the poem.
(c) The title of the poem.
(d) The parts of the two speakers.
3. The sound of cicadas singing begins how?
(a) With a chorus of cicadas.
(b) With two creatures.
(c) With a single creature.
(d) With a male cicada.
4. Where are the water boatmen headed?
(a) To the ocean.
(b) To the bottom of the pond.
(c) To the coral reef.
(d) To the opposite shore.
5. What names are used to describe the water boatmen?
(a) Ballerinas, danseurs, and primadonnas.
(b) Downhill skiers, speed skiers, and cross-country skiers.
(c) Rescuers, scuba divers, and snorklers.
(d) Boatmen, cockswain, and oarsmen.
6. "Cicadas" is a poem that gives purpose and reason to what?
(a) The raucous noise made by cicadas in the summer.
(b) The birth of cicadas.
(c) The finding of cicada exoskeletons on the ground.
(d) The happiness that cicadas feel.
7. Water boatmen are compared to whom?
8. What are the cicadas celebrating?
(a) Life above ground.
(b) Life out of the tree.
9. The two parts of the poem frequently do what?
(b) Tell jokes.
10. Which bee believes life is hard and unenjoyable?
(a) The queen bee.
(b) The sweat bee.
(c) The worker bee.
(d) The bumble bee.
11. Why is the answer to number 90 repeated in the poem?
(a) This repetition creates the rhythm of the insects' oars as they slice through the water.
(b) This repetition shows how fast the boatmen must swim.
(c) This repetition is meant to annoy the reader.
(d) This repetition shows how important these insects are.
12. How do the two parts relate to the whirligig beetle?
(a) Reflect the movement of the whirligig beetle.
(b) Reflect the aggressiveness of the whirligig beetle.
(c) Reflect the laziness of the whirligig beetle.
(d) Reflect the joy felt by the whirligig beetle.
13. Upon contemplating this poem and the deaths of these insects, one becomes more aware of what?
(a) The number of insect species.
(b) The power of insects.
(c) The power of nature.
(d) The importance of insects.
14. "Whirligig Beetles" describes ____________ of these beetles.
(a) The morning routine.
(b) The daily actions.
(c) Short life.
(d) The evening routine.
15. This poem can be described how?
(a) As melancholy.
(b) As annoying.
(c) As musical.
(d) As sad.
Short Answer Questions
1. How are people like the water boatmen?
2. For what else does the digger wasp prepare?
3. What tool is used by the poet to express the beetles' qualities?
4. How are the lives of the two types of bees similar?
5. What is another reason why this word is repeated in "Water Boatmen?"
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