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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 do the two lice spend this poem doing?
2. How do the book lice meet?
3. What is the mood of "The Moth's Serenade?"
4. From whose perspective is "Grasshoppers?"
5. How is personification used in "Book Lice?"
Short Essay Questions
1. To what can the water strider's ability to walk on water be compared? Why?
2. How is the structure of the poem "Grasshoppers" reminiscent of the movement of the grasshoppers?
3. How does a mayfly's life compare to our own?
4. If you were to write a poem, what would it be about? Why?
5. What does the poem "Book Lice" do for English literature?
6. How are mayflies and fireflies similar?
7. Why are mayflies so frantic, according to this poem?
8. To what does the poet compare fireflies? Is this a good comparison? Why or why not?
9. How can a person relate to this moth?
10. Why might the poet write a book about insects? Why did he choose to write about insects using poetry?
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
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?
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