The Clan of the Cave Bear Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Ayla decide to do with her sling while on the mammoth hunt trip?

2. What skill does Ayla have already that helps her learn to track animals?

3. Where do the lion's claws mark the girl with four parallel gashes?

4. What is Broud's totem?

5. Who sends Ayla to get wood with the other children?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ayla act towards Broud after she returns?

2. Why are Brun and Broud and their mates relieved when they return to the cave?

3. What does Ayla focus on once cursed with death?

4. How do the clan members communicate?

5. What does Ayla realize about her son's deformity?

6. How does Iza comfort Ayla when she gets upset after looking in the pool?

7. What does Creb realize when he learns of Ayla's crime?

8. How is Creb convinced that Ayla belongs with the clan now?

9. How did the woman in the legend have her deformed son accepted?

10. What is the problem with Ayla forcing Brun to accept her child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ayla is more influenced by love of Creb and Iza than Brun or Broud's punishments could ever achieve. Write an essay exploring the role love plays in Ayla's life, using examples from the text.

Part 1) How is Ayla's behavior influenced by love?

Part 2) How does Creb's love for Ayla influence him?

Part 3) Are there any other characters motivated by love? In what ways does love influence his or her actions?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay explaining how evolution plays a part in the novel. How is Ayla more evolved than the clan? What are the effects of her being more evolved? How do these effects influence the events in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Choose three things that Ayla considers tests from her totem.

Part 1) What are the tests? Describe the things that she thinks of as tests from her totem.

Part 2) In what ways do the tests challenge her?

Part 3) What are the rewards for meeting these challenges?

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