A Year in the Maine Woods Test | Final Test - Hard

Bernd Heinrich
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 148 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

A Year in the Maine Woods Test | Final Test - Hard

Bernd Heinrich
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 148 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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. In "January 6 A Discussion," what does the author notice that he might be a little odd for doing?

2. In "April 4 Returns," what does the author spend the night doing?

3. Even though the author has not killed a deer or even fired a shot, why does he declare it a successful season?

4. What does the author see the squirrels licking?

5. In "March 20-21 First Tappers," what does the author notice about the squirrels?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the author's smelting trip with Bill. Do you agree with their conclusion? Why or why not?

2. Describe the metamorphosis taking place in the Maine woods. How might the author feel about this?

3. What is taking place in "March 13 Storm Warnings"? Why do the people act and feel this way?

4. Describe "April 20." Is the author's life a simple one? Why or why not?

5. What takes place in "December 29 Winter Ecology?" Why might the author do this?

6. How important are these fishing expeditions for the author? Why?

7. How do Stuart's classmates respond to his father? How important might their reactions be to how he perceives his father? Why?

8. How does the author feel about celebrating Christmas? Why might he feel this way?

9. What does the author say in "Moss Watch"? Why might he study moss?

10. What does the author realize about the ravens in "December 23 Ravens"? How does this affect his behavior?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At several times throughout the book the author describes and discusses the history of the land.

Part 1) Describe this history. Why does the author tell his readers about the history of the people of Maine, as well as the geological history of the area? Is this important information for the story? Why or why not? How is this information connected to other aspects of the story?

Part 2) What else does the author study during his time in the Maine woods? Why does he study this? How is this study, as a whole, an important part of the author's time in the Maine woods?

Part 3) How is studying a part of your everyday life? How does this affect you? How can you benefit from studying? How can people, in general, benefit from studying?

Essay Topic 2

The author takes his son to the county fair.

Part 1) Describe their time at the fair. What do these events reveal about the culture of those who participate in the county fair? What do the author's reaction and his son's reaction reveal about them?

Part 2) Why does the author tell of his trip to the fair? How is this trip related to other events described in this book? What else does the author do with his son? What do these activities reveal about each of them and their relationship with each other?

Part 3) How are fairs an important part of the American culture? Why are they still important today? What does this reveal about Americans today?

Essay Topic 3

The author captures a raven and names him Jack.

Part 1) How does he go about catching the raven? Why does he capture Jack? Describe the author's experiences with Jack. What is learned about the author through his relationship with Jack?

Part 2) How does the author change because of Jack? What does he learn from Jack? How do ravens become a significant aspect of this book? Why?

Part 3) How is the author's relationship with all animals a significant part of this book? What does this reveal about the author?

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