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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 do the water striders call those they attempt to teach to walk on water?
2. According to this poem, what else do the moth and the book lice have in common?
3. What does the water strider feel when its students cannot perform its special skill?
4. Why might these insects want to teach others to walk on water?
5. Besides F, what are three other frequently used letters in "Fireflies?"
Short Essay Questions
1. If you were to write a poem, what would it be about? Why?
2. Why might the poet write a book about insects? Why did he choose to write about insects using poetry?
3. Describe the grasshoppers in "Grasshoppers" and the water striders in "Water Striders." How do they compare?
4. How does a mayfly's life compare to our own?
5. How does a mayfly feel at the end of its life? Why?
6. How would you describe a firefly to someone who has never seen one?
7. What literary devices does the poet use to express the moth's feelings?
8. How is the structure of the poem "Grasshoppers" reminiscent of the movement of the grasshoppers?
9. How does the mayfly's perception of time compare to our own?
10. What is the mood of the book lice poem? Why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
"Requiem" is a unique poem.
Part 1) How is it unique? Why is it so different from the other poems? What is the purpose of this poem? How is this poem connected to all the other poems?
Part 2) What is the lesson of this poem? How can humans relate this to their own lives?
Part 3) What is a requiem? Why are requiems created? How do those who hear these requiems benefit from them?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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