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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. It is interesting to see from the mayfly's perspective regarding what?

2. "Water Striders" describes the _________ action of this insect.

3. "The Moth's Serenade" tells of what?

4. How do the letters that are the answer to number 54 have emphasis placed on them?

5. The descriptive words and the use of ____________________ reflects the moths' intense feelings.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What feelings are evoked by the grasshoppers? Why?

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

6. Describe the grasshoppers in "Grasshoppers" and the water striders in "Water Striders." How do they compare?

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

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

9. How would you describe a firefly to someone who has never seen one?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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