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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 does the poet specifically use this literary device?

2. How is personification used in "Book Lice?"

3. What happened after the two book lice met?

4. How does the poet help the reader relate to fireflies?

5. After the results of the water strider's attempts to teach others to walk on water, why might the water striders want to continue "teaching" others to walk on water?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what else could the water boatmen be compared? Why?

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

3. Compare the different types of honeybees.

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

5. How can the world of the honeybee be compared to your own world?

6. How are house crickets like humans?

7. How does this mood in "The Digger Wasp" change? Why?

8. How can a person relate to this moth?

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

10. How does the poet use poetry to give the reader a sense of what cicadas sound like?

Essay 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

This book of poetry is for children.

Part 1) Why might the poet have written this book for children? How do you know that this is a book for children? Is this a good book of poems for children? Why or why not?

Part 2) Might adults also enjoy reading this book? Why or why not? How might an adult's view of this book compare to the view of a child? How might it be the same? How might an adult's view be different?

Part 3) How might this book influence your view of the world around you into adulthood? How might reading books such as this one influence children as they grow older? How might our world be affected by this?

Essay Topic 3

Famous authors' names are mentioned in "Book Lice."

Part 1) How do these famous authors' names get mentioned in this poem? Why might the poet have decided to include these famous authors in this poem? Does this enhance the poem in any way? Why or why not?

Part 2) What information might be helpful prior to reading this poem? Why? How might this information effect one's ability to understand "Book Lice" and the differences between these two different lice?

Part 3) How important is it to learn about famous authors and artists? Explain. Would the author of this book agree with you? Why or why not?

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