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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. What is the mood of "Mayflies?"
2. Why might these insects want to teach others to walk on water?
3. What is the definition of the literary device that is the answer to number 42?
4. What does the moth do throughout the entirety of this poem?
5. What words does the poet specifically use when he uses this literary device?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the mood of the book lice poem? Why?
2. What is the purpose of "Cicadas?"
3. How would you describe a firefly to someone who has never seen one?
4. If you only had twenty-four hours to live, what would you do? Why?
5. How do the house crickets feel about their home? Why?
6. What are the moods of this poem? Why do they differ?
7. What does "The Digger Wasp" describe? Why?
8. How are these book lice opposites? How do they get past this?
9. Compare the different types of honeybees.
10. How does the author use poetry and literary devices to teach about whirligig beetles?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The tone of this book changes from one poem to another.
Part 1) Which poems give off a sense of chaos and frenzy? Why? How does the poet give the poems this tone? What tools does the poet use to create very different poems from these chaotic poems?
Part 2) How has the poet chosen certain insects to have certain personalities and characteristics? Do these personalities reflect the actual creatures? If so, how? If not, why not?
Part 3) Do you believe the insects are truly as the poet describes? Why or why not? What is the poets reason for giving the insects these varying personalities, opinions, and characteristics?
Essay Topic 3
This book is filled with poems about insects.
Part 1) Why might the poet have chosen insects as his subject matter? What might have led him to choose these types of insects? What do these insects have in common?
Part 2) After reading these poems, how has your opinion of insects been altered? Why? Which insect is your favorite, after reading this book? Why?
Part 3) Why is it important to learn about insects? How are insects important to our world? How different would our world be without insects? Would it be a balanced world without insects? Why or why not?
This section contains 2,684 words
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