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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. How do the reactions of other insects compare to others in history regarding this feat?

2. From whose perspective is "Grasshoppers?"

3. What is the mood of "The Moth's Serenade?"

4. Why do these two book lice compromise?

5. "Grasshoppers" describes the grasshoppers' _______________ movements and energy.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are these insects compared to rowers?

2. What is the purpose of "Cicadas?"

3. How does the caterpillar feel in "Chrysalis Diary?" Why? How do its feelings change by the end of the poem?

4. From whose perspective is "Honeybees?" Why?

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

6. How does the mayfly's perception of time compare to our own?

7. What is the mood of "The Digger Wasp?" Why?

8. What does "House Crickets" describe? How is this poem unique?

9. How is the structure of the poem "Grasshoppers" reminiscent of the movement of the grasshoppers?

10. What is the purpose of this book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Having a purpose in life is an important theme in this book.

Part 1) How is this an important theme? Choose four of the insects described in this book. What is each insect's purpose, based on the poem? Why is this its purpose? How can you relate to this?

Part 2) How do the various purposes differ? Why do they differ? How are the insects' instincts, habitats, and physical abilities connected to these purposes?

Part 3) How can humans relate to each of these purposes? Why? How are humans unique in regards to purpose in life? How does this compare to the insects in this book?

Essay Topic 2

A theme of this book is the focus on the insects' unique qualities.

Part 1) What are the unique qualities of each of the insects? How does the poet describe these unique qualities and make them stand out to the reader? What is his purpose for doing this?

Part 2) What is the most frequent quality described in this book? Support your response with proof from the book. Why might the poet have frequently focused on this quality? How can humans relate to this quality?

Part 3) How might reading about these unique qualities affect the reader? How might the reader's view of insects change because of these unique qualities? How do these qualities help you identify with the insects?

Essay Topic 3

Some of the insects' actions are described.

Part 1) What poems focus on action? Whose action is the focus? Why is this the focus? What does this reveal about this insect?

Part 2) How do the other poems contrast these very active poems? Why does this contrast exist? What does this reveal about the insects?

Part 3) How is action connected to the mood of the poem? How important is the mood of the poem? Explain. Is the mood of a story important to every story? Why or why not?

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