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. How do the water striders react to the consequences of trying to teach others to walk on water?

2. "Grasshoppers" is written so that the readers do what?

3. This book is made to be read by ___________ people simultaneously.

4. How are these two book lice opposites?

5. Humans can _________________ over people and things, much like the moth in "The Moth's Serenade."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How are mayflies and fireflies similar?

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

5. How are these lice like people?

6. What is "Joyful Noise?" Why might the poet find this joyful?

7. What is the purpose of this book?

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

9. Why might the poet write a book about insects? Why did he choose to write about insects using poetry?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A theme of this book is the focus on the insects' unique qualities.

Part 1) What are the unique qualities of each of the insects? How does the poet describe these unique qualities and make them stand out to the reader? What is his purpose for doing this?

Part 2) What is the most frequent quality described in this book? Support your response with proof from the book. Why might the poet have frequently focused on this quality? How can humans relate to this quality?

Part 3) How might reading about these unique qualities affect the reader? How might the reader's view of insects change because of these unique qualities? How do these qualities help you identify with the insects?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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