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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. How does the poet specifically use this literary device?
(a) He has exaggerated the abilities of the firefly.
(b) He has compared the firefly to Degas.
(c) He has represented fireflies as the green army of the night sky.
(d) He has placed verbs beginning with the same letter adjacent to each other.

2. How is personification used in "Book Lice?"
(a) These two lice are given human emotions.
(b) These two lice wear clothes and go to work.
(c) These two lice are given human names.
(d) These two lice go to school.

3. What happened after the two book lice met?
(a) They fell in love.
(b) They shared a book as a home.
(c) They got into a fight.
(d) They tried to move to separate shelves.

4. How does the poet help the reader relate to fireflies?
(a) He compare the fireflies to athletes.
(b) He compares the fireflies to artists.
(c) He compares the fireflies to musicians.
(d) He compares the fireflies to dancers.

5. 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 think it is funny to see others fall in the water.
(b) They do not want to give up on their desire to teach others to walk on water.
(c) They want to make others fall in the water.
(d) They have nothing better to do.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the two lice spend this poem doing?

2. What does this poem about book lice introduce to the reader?

3. "Book Lice" describes what?

4. How else do they spend their time?

5. What do mayflies and fireflies have in common?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What might be the real purpose for a firefly's light? Why do you think this?

3. Compare the different types of honeybees.

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

5. How can the world of the honeybee be compared to your own world?

6. How are house crickets like humans?

7. How does this mood in "The Digger Wasp" change? Why?

8. How can a person relate to this moth?

9. If you only had twenty-four hours to live, what would you do? Why?

10. How does the poet use poetry to give the reader a sense of what cicadas sound like?

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