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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 are the cicadas celebrating?
2. Why is the answer to number 90 repeated in the poem?
3. What does the digger wasp hope to do for its offspring?
4. Which bee believes life is hard and unenjoyable?
5. "Cicadas" is a poem that gives purpose and reason to what?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the mood of "Cicadas?" Why?
2. How does this poem draw attention to nature and the life cycle of insects?
3. Describe the whirligig beetle, based on this poem.
4. How are cicadas like a choir?
5. How could a person relate to a day in the life of the whirligig beetle?
6. Compare the different types of honeybees.
7. What does "Water Boatmen" describe? Why?
8. What is "Requiem?"
9. What is the purpose of "Cicadas?"
10. How does this mood in "The Digger Wasp" change? Why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The tone of this book changes from one poem to another.
Part 1) Which poems give off a sense of chaos and frenzy? Why? How does the poet give the poems this tone? What tools does the poet use to create very different poems from these chaotic poems?
Part 2) How has the poet chosen certain insects to have certain personalities and characteristics? Do these personalities reflect the actual creatures? If so, how? If not, why not?
Part 3) Do you believe the insects are truly as the poet describes? Why or why not? What is the poets reason for giving the insects these varying personalities, opinions, and characteristics?
Essay Topic 2
The insects described in this book have varying personalities and characteristics.
Part 1) Which species seem to be the most like humans, based on these poems? How are they like humans?
Part 2) Why has the poet portrayed them in this way? How might this affect one's view of this species?
Part 3) Why does the poet choose to use personification in this book? What other literary devices are used? Why are they used?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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