Joyful Noise Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 water striders react to the consequences of trying to teach others to walk on water?

2. Joyful Noise is a book of ____________.

3. What factual information does "Book Lice" give about lice?

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

5. Unlike "Grasshoppers," "Water Striders" is from the perspective of whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the mood of the book lice poem? Why?

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

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

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

5. How are these lice like people?

6. 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?

7. From whose perspective is "Honeybees?" Why?

8. How are house crickets like humans?

9. How do the house crickets feel about their home? Why?

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

Essay 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

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?

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