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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. To what else does the poet also compare the firefly?

2. "Fireflies" tells of the _________ of a firefly.

3. "Book Lice" describes what?

4. "Grasshoppers" describes the __________ of grasshoppers.

5. Why do these two book lice compromise?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does a mayfly feel at the end of its life? Why?

4. How are mayflies and fireflies similar?

5. To what can the water strider's ability to walk on water be compared? Why?

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

7. What mood is created by the behavior of the water striders? Why?

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

9. 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?

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

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 book is written for two speakers.

Part 1) Why might the poet have chosen to have two speakers read his poems in unison? How does this affect the poems as a whole?

Part 2) How do these poems compare to poems that have only one speaker? Which type of poems do you prefer, those with one speaker or two? Why?

Part 3) How does the use of poetry enhance the subjects of the poems? Would these stories of insects be as interesting or appealing if they were written in prose instead of poetry? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The poet chooses to write a book about insects.

Part 1) What might be the poet's opinion of insects? How does this book reflect this?

Part 2) What might have been the poet's purpose for writing these poems? What other subjects might the poet be interested in? Why?

Part 3) If you were to write a book of poetry, about what would you write? Why? How might this affect those who would read your poems? Why?

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