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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 another mood of "Honeybees"?
2. This poem pays respect to these insects when?
3. What names are used to describe the water boatmen?
4. "Water Boatmen" frequently repeats what word?
5. "The Digger Wasp" is a very _________________ story.
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the poet use poetry to give the reader a sense of what cicadas sound like?
2. What is the mood of "The Digger Wasp?" Why?
3. Why are these insects compared to rowers?
4. What does "Water Boatmen" describe? Why?
5. What is "Requiem?"
6. How does this poem draw attention to nature and the life cycle of insects?
7. To what else could the water boatmen be compared? Why?
8. Describe the whirligig beetle, based on this poem.
9. How does the author use poetry and literary devices to teach about whirligig beetles?
10. What are the moods of this poem? Why do they differ?
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
Mayflies live for only one day.
Part 1) How do they spend their day? Why might they do this? How do they feel about this one day? Are you surprised by this? Why or why not?
Part 2) How are many people like the mayfly? How can one relate to this creature whose life lasts only twenty-four hours?
Part 3) What is the lesson of this poem? What can the reader learn about how one should spend one's life, based on this poem? Why?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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