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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 is personification used in "Book Lice?"
2. According to this poem, what else do the moth and the book lice have in common?
3. When do the speakers say this, in regards to the answer to number 14?
4. Why do these two book lice compromise?
5. Are the water striders able to successfully teach others to walk on water?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does a mayfly feel at the end of its life? Why?
2. How are other animals like humans? What human qualities do other animals have?
3. What is the purpose of this book?
4. What might be the real purpose for a firefly's light? Why do you think this?
5. What is the purpose of "Book Lice?"
6. How does the mayfly's perception of time compare to our own?
7. To what can the water strider's ability to walk on water be compared? Why?
8. What is the mood of the book lice poem? Why?
9. What literary devices does the poet use to express the moth's feelings?
10. If you were to write a poem, what would it be about? Why?
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
The different species' personalities are as different as people.
Part 1) Which insect species is most like you? How is this species like you? How does this affect your opinion of this species?
Part 2) How might your opinion of this species change your view of them the next time you see them? Why?
Part 3) How can you use this book to help you better understand other creatures, such as mammals and reptiles?
Essay Topic 3
The point of view of these poems is often from the point of view of the insect that is the main character of the poem.
Part 1) Support this statement with facts from the book. Why might the poet choose to have most of the poems from the perspective of the insect?
Part 2) What is a poem not from the perspective of one insect? From whose perspective is it? Why? How does this affect your view of the insect?
Part 3) How is perspective important in a story or poem? How does this affect the mood of the story and the readers' view of the story and characters?
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