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 happens once she leaves the cave?

2. Where does the clan allow gestures of affection?

3. What idea does Ayla get when thinking about the attack?

4. What does the hunt indicate to the clan about the cave?

5. Who is Brun's mate?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Creb allowed to live after his difficult birth?

2. What causes the girl to run after the earthquake?

3. What things does Creb consider when selecting a totem for a child?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Ayla feel after the animal attack?

9. Brun wants Iza to leave the girl. Why?

10. What does Iza speculate saved the girl from the cave lion attack?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

What role do the totem spirits play in the lives of the clan? How do their beliefs regarding the spirits affect their acceptance of Ayla? How does Ayla challenge their beliefs? Write an essay about three specific points in the story where the totem spirits play a role.

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