Joyful Noise Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. When do the speakers say this, in regards to the answer to number 14?

3. Only when does the mayfly seem to feel nostalgia?

4. What is the water strider's special skill?

5. What is the mood of "Mayflies?"

Short Essay Questions

1. How are these lice like people?

2. How are other animals like humans? What human qualities do other animals have?

3. How does a mayfly's life compare to our own?

4. What literary devices does the poet use to express the moth's feelings?

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

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

7. How does the poet use words to make the movement of the firefly more exciting and vivid? Do you think this is effective? Why or why not?

8. What is the purpose of this book?

9. To what does the poet compare fireflies? Is this a good comparison? Why or why not?

10. What mood is created by the behavior of the water striders? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Requiem" is a unique poem.

Part 1) How is it unique? Why is it so different from the other poems? What is the purpose of this poem? How is this poem connected to all the other poems?

Part 2) What is the lesson of this poem? How can humans relate this to their own lives?

Part 3) What is a requiem? Why are requiems created? How do those who hear these requiems benefit from them?

Essay Topic 2

Famous authors' names are mentioned in "Book Lice."

Part 1) How do these famous authors' names get mentioned in this poem? Why might the poet have decided to include these famous authors in this poem? Does this enhance the poem in any way? Why or why not?

Part 2) What information might be helpful prior to reading this poem? Why? How might this information effect one's ability to understand "Book Lice" and the differences between these two different lice?

Part 3) How important is it to learn about famous authors and artists? Explain. Would the author of this book agree with you? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The tone of this book changes from one poem to another.

Part 1) Which poems give off a sense of chaos and frenzy? Why? How does the poet give the poems this tone? What tools does the poet use to create very different poems from these chaotic poems?

Part 2) How has the poet chosen certain insects to have certain personalities and characteristics? Do these personalities reflect the actual creatures? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 3) Do you believe the insects are truly as the poet describes? Why or why not? What is the poets reason for giving the insects these varying personalities, opinions, and characteristics?

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