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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. "Book Lice" describes what?

2. This book is made to be read by ___________ people simultaneously.

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

4. What do the two lice spend this poem doing?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How are these lice like people?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the purpose of this book?

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

8. Describe the grasshoppers in "Grasshoppers" and the water striders in "Water Striders." How do they compare?

9. How are mayflies and fireflies similar?

10. How can a person relate to this moth?

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

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 3

This book is filled with poems about insects.

Part 1) Why might the poet have chosen insects as his subject matter? What might have led him to choose these types of insects? What do these insects have in common?

Part 2) After reading these poems, how has your opinion of insects been altered? Why? Which insect is your favorite, after reading this book? Why?

Part 3) Why is it important to learn about insects? How are insects important to our world? How different would our world be without insects? Would it be a balanced world without insects? Why or why not?

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