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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 does the poet specifically use this literary device?

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

3. What happened after the two book lice met?

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

5. After the results of the water strider's attempts to teach others to walk on water, why might the water striders want to continue "teaching" others to walk on water?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what else could the water boatmen be compared? Why?

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

3. Compare the different types of honeybees.

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

5. How can the world of the honeybee be compared to your own world?

6. How are house crickets like humans?

7. How does this mood in "The Digger Wasp" change? Why?

8. How can a person relate to this moth?

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

10. How does the poet use poetry to give the reader a sense of what cicadas sound like?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

This book of poetry is for children.

Part 1) Why might the poet have written this book for children? How do you know that this is a book for children? Is this a good book of poems for children? Why or why not?

Part 2) Might adults also enjoy reading this book? Why or why not? How might an adult's view of this book compare to the view of a child? How might it be the same? How might an adult's view be different?

Part 3) How might this book influence your view of the world around you into adulthood? How might reading books such as this one influence children as they grow older? How might our world be affected by this?

Essay Topic 2

The setting of this book is each of the habitats of the insects described by the poet.

Part 1) Describe the habitats of four of the insects described in this book. How do these habitats compare? What do they have in common? How are they each unique?

Part 2) How are the actions, attitudes, and opinions of the insects connected to their habitats? How is each of the insects mentioned above suited for their environment?

Part 3) How important is an insect's environment, according to the poet? How does this affect your opinion of protecting the environment, stopping pollution, etc? How do some of the habitats show how insects have adapted to changes in the world around them? What does this say about these 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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