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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. Only when does the mayfly seem to feel nostalgia?

2. Why might these insects want to teach others to walk on water?

3. How do the water striders react to the consequences of trying to teach others to walk on water?

4. How does the poet specifically use this literary device?

5. How are these two book lice opposites?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does this poem draw attention to nature and the life cycle of insects?

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

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

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

7. How can a person relate to this moth?

8. What literary devices does the poet use to express the moth's feelings?

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

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

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

There are two types of bees found in "Honeybees."

Part 1) What are these two types of bees? How are they similar? How are they different? Why are they both included in this poem? What does this say about bee culture and society?

Part 2) How can one make a connection between these bees and human culture and society? What might this reveal about the author's view of these types of people in society?

Part 3) Can you relate to these two types of bees? To which type of bee do you feel more connected? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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