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. What does this poem about book lice introduce to the reader?

2. "Mayflies" ________________ tells of the brief life of the mayfly.

3. What do the water striders call those they attempt to teach to walk on water?

4. The descriptive words and the use of ____________________ reflects the moths' intense feelings.

5. The mayfly's birth and death take place when?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the poem "Book Lice" do for English literature?

2. 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?

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

4. Why might the poet write a book about insects? Why did he choose to write about insects using poetry?

5. How would you describe a firefly to someone who has never seen one?

6. What is the purpose of "Book Lice?"

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

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

9. How are mayflies and fireflies similar?

10. How is the structure of the poem "Grasshoppers" reminiscent of the movement of the grasshoppers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Having a purpose in life is an important theme in this book.

Part 1) How is this an important theme? Choose four of the insects described in this book. What is each insect's purpose, based on the poem? Why is this its purpose? How can you relate to this?

Part 2) How do the various purposes differ? Why do they differ? How are the insects' instincts, habitats, and physical abilities connected to these purposes?

Part 3) How can humans relate to each of these purposes? Why? How are humans unique in regards to purpose in life? How does this compare to the insects in this book?

Essay Topic 2

There is artwork found throughout this book.

Part 1) Describe the artwork found in this book. How is the artwork connected to the poems? How important is the artwork to the poems? Which poems seem to have a stronger connection with the artwork? Why?

Part 2) Is this artwork necessary to the poetry? Why or why not? Does it effectively enhance the poems? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are art and literature connected, in general? How do they benefit from each other? How can they inspire and support each other?

Essay Topic 3

Fireflies are compared to painters and calligraphers.

Part 1) How are the fireflies compared to painters and calligraphers? Why are they compared to these types of artists? Do you see this as a good comparison? Why or why not?

Part 2) What literary devices are found in this poem? Why does the poet choose to use these literary devices? Do they enhance the poem? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 3) How are all art forms connected? What do all artists have in common? How is that illustrated throughout this book?

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