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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. "Mayflies" ________________ tells of the brief life of the mayfly.
2. _______________ are used to help people to better understand the insect world around them.
3. What do the two lice spend this poem doing?
4. To emphasize the powerful and image-provoking verbs used by the poet, he has used what literary device?
5. How do the letters that are the answer to number 54 have emphasis placed on them?
Short Essay Questions
1. What literary devices does the poet use to express the moth's feelings?
2. How does the mayfly's perception of time compare to our own?
3. What feelings are evoked by the grasshoppers? Why?
4. Why might the poet write a book about insects? Why did he choose to write about insects using poetry?
5. What might be the real purpose for a firefly's light? Why do you think this?
6. What is the purpose of this book?
7. To what does the poet compare fireflies? Is this a good comparison? Why or why not?
8. How are these book lice opposites? How do they get past this?
9. How are other animals like humans? What human qualities do other animals have?
10. What does the poem "Book Lice" do for English literature?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The point of view of these poems is often from the point of view of the insect that is the main character of the poem.
Part 1) Support this statement with facts from the book. Why might the poet choose to have most of the poems from the perspective of the insect?
Part 2) What is a poem not from the perspective of one insect? From whose perspective is it? Why? How does this affect your view of the insect?
Part 3) How is perspective important in a story or poem? How does this affect the mood of the story and the readers' view of the story and characters?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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