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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. From where are the cicadas coming?
2. "The Digger Wasp" is told from whose perspective?
3. Which bee believes life is relaxing and enjoyable?
4. Where are the water boatmen headed?
5. What tool is used by the poet to express the beetles' qualities?
Short Essay Questions
1. How can the world of the honeybee be compared to your own world?
2. Why might the digger wasp die before its young are born?
3. What does "The Digger Wasp" describe? Why?
4. What is the purpose of "Cicadas?"
5. How is "Requiem" unlike any of the other poems? Why?
6. From whose perspective is "Honeybees?" Why?
7. How does this poem draw attention to nature and the life cycle of insects?
8. To what else could the water boatmen be compared? Why?
9. What is "Requiem?"
10. How does the poet use poetry to give the reader a sense of what cicadas sound like?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are two types of bees found in "Honeybees."
Part 1) What are these two types of bees? How are they similar? How are they different? Why are they both included in this poem? What does this say about bee culture and society?
Part 2) How can one make a connection between these bees and human culture and society? What might this reveal about the author's view of these types of people in society?
Part 3) Can you relate to these two types of bees? To which type of bee do you feel more connected? Why?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Fireflies are compared to painters and calligraphers.
Part 1) How are the fireflies compared to painters and calligraphers? Why are they compared to these types of artists? Do you see this as a good comparison? Why or why not?
Part 2) What literary devices are found in this poem? Why does the poet choose to use these literary devices? Do they enhance the poem? If so, how? If not, why not?
Part 3) How are all art forms connected? What do all artists have in common? How is that illustrated throughout this book?
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