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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. This speaking imitates ___________.
(a) The movements of the old grasshoppers.
(b) The movements of one grasshopper.
(c) The movements of the grasshoppers.
(d) The movements of the young grasshoppers.

2. After the results of the water strider's attempts to teach others to walk on water, why might the water striders want to continue "teaching" others to walk on water?
(a) They want to make others fall in the water.
(b) They think it is funny to see others fall in the water.
(c) They have nothing better to do.
(d) They do not want to give up on their desire to teach others to walk on water.

3. What does the mayfly desire?
(a) More friends.
(b) More food.
(c) A shorter life.
(d) A longer life.

4. The water strider's ability to walk on water hints at what?
(a) Jesus Christ's ability to change water into wine.
(b) The lack of talent other insects have.
(c) The strange abilities of some insects.
(d) Jesus Christ's ability to walk on water.

5. This poem is also filled with ___________.
(a) Humor.
(b) Anger.
(c) Annoyance.
(d) Danger.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the vocabulary in "Grasshoppers" do for the readers?

2. What is some of the vocabulary used by the poet to describe the grasshoppers?

3. Do the poet's descriptive words and vivid imagery effectively describe the distinct light of the firefly?

4. Unlike "Grasshoppers," "Water Striders" is from the perspective of whom?

5. How is personification used in "Book Lice?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the mood of the book lice poem? Why?

3. Why might the poet write a book about insects? Why did he choose to write about insects using poetry?

4. What feelings are evoked by the grasshoppers? Why?

5. What is the mood of "Cicadas?" Why?

6. To what else could the water boatmen be compared? Why?

7. How would you describe a firefly to someone who has never seen one?

8. How do "Whirligig Beetles" and "Requiem" compare?

9. Why are mayflies so frantic, according to this poem?

10. How are mayflies and fireflies similar?

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