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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. Which bee believes life is relaxing and enjoyable?
2. "The Digger Wasp" is a very _________________ story.
3. How long have the cicadas spent in the dark?
4. "Whirligig Beetles" describes ____________ of these beetles.
5. From whom else's perspective is "Honeybees"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does this mood in "The Digger Wasp" change? Why?
2. What is the mood of "The Digger Wasp?" Why?
3. To what else could the water boatmen be compared? Why?
4. How does the author use poetry and literary devices to teach about whirligig beetles?
5. Describe the whirligig beetle, based on this poem.
6. What is the purpose of "Cicadas?"
7. How is "Requiem" unlike any of the other poems? Why?
8. How could a person relate to a day in the life of the whirligig beetle?
9. What does "Water Boatmen" describe? Why?
10. Why are these insects compared to rowers?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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