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. What does the moth do throughout the entirety of this poem?

2. What kind of poem is "Moth's Serenade?"

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

4. Whom do the water striders try to teach to walk on water?

5. How do the water striders react to the consequences of trying to teach others to walk on water?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "Joyful Noise?" Why might the poet find this joyful?

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

3. How can a person relate to this moth?

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

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

6. What is the purpose of "Book Lice?"

7. Why are mayflies so frantic, according to this poem?

8. Why might the poet write a book about insects? Why did he choose to write about insects using poetry?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Personification is an important theme found in each poem.

Part 1) Why is personification an important theme? How are the insects personified? Why does the poet choose to use personification in this poem? Is this effective? Why or why not?

Part 2) What different personalities are found in the insects? How can each of these personalities be related to humans? How is human emotion also important in these poems? Which poems focus the most on human emotion? Why? How is this connected to the behaviors of the insects?

Part 3) What other literary devices are used in this book? When and why is each literary device used? How do these literary devices help the poet make the poems engaging and purposeful?

Essay Topic 2

The insects described in this book have varying personalities and characteristics.

Part 1) Which species seem to be the most like humans, based on these poems? How are they like humans?

Part 2) Why has the poet portrayed them in this way? How might this affect one's view of this species?

Part 3) Why does the poet choose to use personification in this book? What other literary devices are used? Why are they used?

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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