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 find when she is looking for a place to practice her sling skills?

2. What does Ayla bring back to the cave?

3. What does Ayla do that reveals her secret skill?

4. How does Ayla look at Creb?

5. How does Brun feel about Ayla during the winter of Broud's constant abuse of Ayla?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes the girl blindly rush straight toward the herd of wild cows?

2. How does the girl stay warm at night?

3. Why does Brun refrain from interfering in the battle of wills between Broud and Ayla?

4. Why does Ayla become the center of attention after the first female sturgeon is caught?

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

6. Why does Broud cuff Ayla?

7. What is the punishment for a woman who touches a weapon?

8. Why does Creb take Durc to the other women for nursing?

9. Why is Iza so happy about the news that she may stay at the Mog-ur's hearth?

10. Why is the clan traveling?

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

Deformity is a recurrent motif in the novel.

Part 1) Explain the clan's tradition regarding deformity. Does this tradition serve a practical purpose? If so, what it is?

Part 2) What is the difference between the deformity in the stillborn baby Uba delivers and Durc?

Part 3) Is the clan able to distinguish a difference between the two? Why or why not?

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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