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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. 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?

3. What is the mood of "Fireflies?"

4. What do mayflies and fireflies have in common?

5. "Water Striders" describes the _________ action of this insect.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How are these book lice opposites? How do they get past this?

5. How would you describe a firefly to someone who has never seen one?

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

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

8. How are mayflies and fireflies similar?

9. How are these lice like people?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is artwork found throughout this book.

Part 1) Describe the artwork found in this book. How is the artwork connected to the poems? How important is the artwork to the poems? Which poems seem to have a stronger connection with the artwork? Why?

Part 2) Is this artwork necessary to the poetry? Why or why not? Does it effectively enhance the poems? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are art and literature connected, in general? How do they benefit from each other? How can they inspire and support each other?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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