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. Joyful Noise is a book of ____________.

2. "Water Striders" asks whether this insect's ability to walk on water is what?

3. _______________ are used to help people to better understand the insect world around them.

4. What is significant about the answer to number 38?

5. According to this poem, what do the book lice and the moth have in common?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How are these book lice opposites? How do they get past this?

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

6. How are other animals like humans? What human qualities do other animals have?

7. To what does the poet compare fireflies? Is this a good comparison? Why or why not?

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

9. How does a mayfly's life compare to our own?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Famous authors' names are mentioned in "Book Lice."

Part 1) How do these famous authors' names get mentioned in this poem? Why might the poet have decided to include these famous authors in this poem? Does this enhance the poem in any way? Why or why not?

Part 2) What information might be helpful prior to reading this poem? Why? How might this information effect one's ability to understand "Book Lice" and the differences between these two different lice?

Part 3) How important is it to learn about famous authors and artists? Explain. Would the author of this book agree with you? 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

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?

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