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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. Only when does the mayfly seem to feel nostalgia?

3. According to this poem, what else do the moth and the book lice have in common?

4. How does the poet help the reader relate to fireflies?

5. How is personification used in "Book Lice?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the poem "Book Lice" do for English literature?

5. How does a mayfly feel at the end of its life? Why?

6. How are mayflies and fireflies similar?

7. 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?

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

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

10. How are these lice like people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The poet chooses to write a book about insects.

Part 1) What might be the poet's opinion of insects? How does this book reflect this?

Part 2) What might have been the poet's purpose for writing these poems? What other subjects might the poet be interested in? Why?

Part 3) If you were to write a book of poetry, about what would you write? Why? How might this affect those who would read your poems? Why?

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