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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. To what else does the poet also compare the firefly?

2. "Book Lice" describes what?

3. What is the definition of the literary device that is the answer to number 42?

4. To emphasize the powerful and image-provoking verbs used by the poet, he has used what literary device?

5. Each poem is about a ___________ of insects.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How can a person relate to this moth?

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

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

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

9. To what can the water strider's ability to walk on water be compared? Why?

10. If you were to write a poem, what would it be about? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

There are many insect species described in this book.

Part 1) After reading these poems, to which species do you feel most connected? Why? How has this book changed your attitude toward this species? Why?

Part 2) Which species would you add, if you were the poet? Why? How might this species compare to those already included in this book?

Part 3) How do these species represent all insects? Are all types of insects adequately represented? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

The setting of this book is each of the habitats of the insects described by the poet.

Part 1) Describe the habitats of four of the insects described in this book. How do these habitats compare? What do they have in common? How are they each unique?

Part 2) How are the actions, attitudes, and opinions of the insects connected to their habitats? How is each of the insects mentioned above suited for their environment?

Part 3) How important is an insect's environment, according to the poet? How does this affect your opinion of protecting the environment, stopping pollution, etc? How do some of the habitats show how insects have adapted to changes in the world around them? What does this say about these insects?

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