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. After Broud beats Ayla, what does Brun threaten?

2. Why does Brun reprimand Broud in the clearing?

3. How does Iza transport the unconscious girl?

4. What does Ayla do wrong when Broud hits her?

5. How do the clan members feel about Broud's abuse toward Ayla?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Creb's unique ability?

3. What does everyone talk about instead?

4. What is Creb's argument for not cursing Ayla for almost trying to force Brun to accept the baby?

5. What does Broud envision about the combined cave ceremony and his manhood ceremony?

6. How does Ayla feel when she makes her first kill?

7. Why do the mog-urs of the other clans decide not to have the special ceremonial drink?

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

9. Why is Ayla embarrassed as the clan begins its journey to the Clan Gathering?

10. How does Ayla feel after the animal attack?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Ayla is cursed with death, Brun gives a eulogy for her stating she has more courage, determination, and self-control than Broud. On all of the following, use examples from the text.

Part 1) How is Ayla more courageous than Broud?

Part 2) How is Ayla more determined than Broud?

Part 3) How does Ayla have more self-control than Broud?

Essay Topic 2

The differences between the Others and the clan are an important theme of the novel.

Part 1) How do these differences influence the story?

Part 2) How do the clan members perceive Ayla? How does being around them influence her perception of herself?

Part 3) What do the Others symbolize to the clan? Be sure to cite examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

The clan incorporates a rich religious life in their culture and society.

Part 1) What are some of the elements of the clan's religion?

Part 2) How do these elements of the clan's religion enhance the novel?

Part 3) Compare and contrast Bear Ceremony to something in our culture, either a religious ceremony, or a similar secular event.

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