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. "Book Lice" describes what?

2. Unlike "Grasshoppers," "Water Striders" is from the perspective of whom?

3. What aspects of humanity can be learned from the poem about moths?

4. What is the mood of "Mayflies?"

5. What do mayflies and fireflies have in common?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. If you only had twenty-four hours to live, what would you do? Why?

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 setting of this book is each of the habitats of the insects described by the poet.

Part 1) Describe the habitats of four of the insects described in this book. How do these habitats compare? What do they have in common? How are they each unique?

Part 2) How are the actions, attitudes, and opinions of the insects connected to their habitats? How is each of the insects mentioned above suited for their environment?

Part 3) How important is an insect's environment, according to the poet? How does this affect your opinion of protecting the environment, stopping pollution, etc? How do some of the habitats show how insects have adapted to changes in the world around them? What does this say about these insects?

Essay Topic 2

There are many insect species described in this book.

Part 1) After reading these poems, to which species do you feel most connected? Why? How has this book changed your attitude toward this species? Why?

Part 2) Which species would you add, if you were the poet? Why? How might this species compare to those already included in this book?

Part 3) How do these species represent all insects? Are all types of insects adequately represented? If so, how? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

There is artwork found throughout this book.

Part 1) Describe the artwork found in this book. How is the artwork connected to the poems? How important is the artwork to the poems? Which poems seem to have a stronger connection with the artwork? Why?

Part 2) Is this artwork necessary to the poetry? Why or why not? Does it effectively enhance the poems? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are art and literature connected, in general? How do they benefit from each other? How can they inspire and support each other?

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