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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How long have the cicadas spent in the dark?
(a) Four years.
(b) Two years.
(c) Five years.
(d) Three years.
2. Why might the cause of death of these insects be surprising to humans?
(a) We do not often think about the importance of water.
(b) We do not often think about how important the spring thaw is.
(c) We do not often think about how important the hot sun is to nature.
(d) We do not often think about the importance of the first frost.
3. This poem can be described how?
(a) As melancholy.
(b) As musical.
(c) As annoying.
(d) As sad.
4. With what are the pages of the whirligig beetle's poem covered?
(a) Strong verbs describing these beetles.
(b) Drawings of these swerving, spinning beetles.
(c) The word whirligig.
(d) Vocabulary describing this beetle.
5. What does the digger wasp hope its children will do?
(a) Live long, happy lives.
(b) Realize the sacrifices the parent made for its children.
(c) Enjoy the food and shelter.
(d) Know how to take care of itself.
6. "Requiem" is, unlike many of the other poems in this book. How?
(a) It is very confident.
(b) It is very humorous.
(c) It is very angry.
(d) It is very solemn and serious.
7. What is another mood that can be felt while reading "The Digger Wasp"?
8. How do the two parts relate to the whirligig beetle?
(a) Reflect the joy felt by the whirligig beetle.
(b) Reflect the laziness of the whirligig beetle.
(c) Reflect the movement of the whirligig beetle.
(d) Reflect the aggressiveness of the whirligig beetle.
9. This poem pays respect to these insects when?
(a) At the time they go through metamorphosis.
(b) At the time of their deaths.
(c) At the time of their births.
(d) When they become adult insects.
10. Why is the answer to number 90 repeated in the poem?
(a) This repetition shows how important these insects are.
(b) This repetition shows how fast the boatmen must swim.
(c) This repetition is meant to annoy the reader.
(d) This repetition creates the rhythm of the insects' oars as they slice through the water.
11. What tool is used by the poet to express the beetles' qualities?
(a) The overlapping of the two speakers' parts.
(b) The repetition of words in the poem.
(c) The unison sections of the two speakers' parts.
(d) The simple language found in this poem.
12. What is an important time of year in "Requiem?"
(a) Spring and the last frost.
(b) Summer and the hot sun.
(c) Winter and the first snowfall.
(d) Fall and the first frost.
13. Will the digger wasp ever see its offspring?
(a) Yes, but only for a short while.
(b) Yes, for several weeks.
(d) Yes, for their entire lives.
14. Which bee believes life is hard and unenjoyable?
(a) The worker bee.
(b) The queen bee.
(c) The bumble bee.
(d) The sweat bee.
15. How can the lives of the two different bees in this poem be described?
(a) As exciting.
(b) As very different.
(c) As very similar.
(d) As identical.
Short Answer Questions
1. How are people like the water boatmen?
2. Can many people relate to the queen bee? Why or why not?
3. How does the worker bee spend his days?
4. For what else does the digger wasp prepare?
5. According to these beetles, this ____________ way of moving is the best way to move.
This section contains 639 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)