Short Essay Questions Key
1. What was so important about the protuberance in the northwest corner of what was to become North America that the author mentioned in Chapter 1?
The protuberance would eventually become Alaska, which is the main setting for this novel.
2. What was so important about the shifting of the geological plates?
As the plates shifted, Alaska could have become unattached to any of three continents. This could have affected what types of people and animals would have eventually lived on the land mass.
3. What is a land bridge? How was it significant in Chapter 1?
A peninsula formed so there was a land bridge from Alaska to Asia. This affected the migration of people and animals to Alaska.
4. According to Chapter 1, how did Alaska become separated from Asia? How was the landscape of Alaska changed?
Water came in and covered the land bridge that connected Alaska to Asia. Mountains and lakes formed when the Pacific Plate collided with the continental plate.
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