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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 do the two lice spend this poem doing?

2. Do the poet's descriptive words and vivid imagery effectively describe the distinct light of the firefly?

3. "Mayflies" ________________ tells of the brief life of the mayfly.

4. To emphasize the powerful and image-provoking verbs used by the poet, he has used what literary device?

5. Like the mayfly, people often have feelings of nostalgia towards what?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what does the poet compare fireflies? Is this a good comparison? Why or why not?

2. What is the purpose of this book?

3. How can a person relate to this moth?

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

5. How are these lice like people?

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

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

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

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

10. What story does "Moth's Serenade" tell? What does this explain about moths?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The poet chooses to write a book about insects.

Part 1) What might be the poet's opinion of insects? How does this book reflect this?

Part 2) What might have been the poet's purpose for writing these poems? What other subjects might the poet be interested in? Why?

Part 3) If you were to write a book of poetry, about what would you write? Why? How might this affect those who would read your poems? Why?

Essay Topic 2

"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 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?

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