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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. Only when does the mayfly seem to feel nostalgia?
2. According to this poem, what do the book lice and the moth have in common?
3. Humans can _________________ over people and things, much like the moth in "The Moth's Serenade."
4. What kind of poem is "Moth's Serenade?"
5. What is some of the vocabulary used by the poet to describe the grasshoppers?
Short Essay Questions
1. How can a person relate to this moth?
2. If you only had twenty-four hours to live, what would you do? Why?
3. 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?
4. What mood is created by the behavior of the water striders? Why?
5. How would you describe a firefly to someone who has never seen one?
6. Why might the poet write a book about insects? Why did he choose to write about insects using poetry?
7. To what does the poet compare fireflies? Is this a good comparison? Why or why not?
8. What is the purpose of "Book Lice?"
9. How does a mayfly feel at the end of its life? Why?
10. How does a mayfly's life compare to our own?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Personification is an important theme found in each poem.
Part 1) Why is personification an important theme? How are the insects personified? Why does the poet choose to use personification in this poem? Is this effective? Why or why not?
Part 2) What different personalities are found in the insects? How can each of these personalities be related to humans? How is human emotion also important in these poems? Which poems focus the most on human emotion? Why? How is this connected to the behaviors of the insects?
Part 3) What other literary devices are used in this book? When and why is each literary device used? How do these literary devices help the poet make the poems engaging and purposeful?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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