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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 aspects of humanity can be learned from the poem about moths?
2. Why might these insects want to teach others to walk on water?
3. "Mayflies" describes the _________ life of the mayfly
4. Do the poet's descriptive words and vivid imagery effectively describe the distinct light of the firefly?
5. How do the mayflies spend their time?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the purpose of this book?
2. How would you describe a firefly to someone who has never seen one?
3. How are other animals like humans? What human qualities do other animals have?
4. What feelings are evoked by the grasshoppers? Why?
5. If you were to write a poem, what would it be about? Why?
6. What does the poem "Book Lice" do for English literature?
7. Why might the poet write a book about insects? Why did he choose to write about insects using poetry?
8. Why are mayflies so frantic, according to this poem?
9. What mood is created by the behavior of the water striders? Why?
10. How can a person relate to this moth?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Fireflies are compared to painters and calligraphers.
Part 1) How are the fireflies compared to painters and calligraphers? Why are they compared to these types of artists? Do you see this as a good comparison? Why or why not?
Part 2) What literary devices are found in this poem? Why does the poet choose to use these literary devices? Do they enhance the poem? If so, how? If not, why not?
Part 3) How are all art forms connected? What do all artists have in common? How is that illustrated throughout this book?
Essay Topic 2
Mayflies live for only one day.
Part 1) How do they spend their day? Why might they do this? How do they feel about this one day? Are you surprised by this? Why or why not?
Part 2) How are many people like the mayfly? How can one relate to this creature whose life lasts only twenty-four hours?
Part 3) What is the lesson of this poem? What can the reader learn about how one should spend one's life, based on this poem? Why?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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