The Clan of the Cave Bear Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Creb tell Ayla she can do for his sadness about her witnessing the ceremony?

2. What does Brun threaten if they do not find Ayla before the naming day?

3. Who reminds Brun that Ayla is lucky?

4. What happens to help reconcile Ayla and Creb?

5. Who does Broud make his second-in-command?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ayla struggles with an internal conflict over using the sling.

Part 1) How does she justify using it the first time? How does she justify using it later? Identify the conflicting values behind her decision whether or not to pursue using the sling.

Part 2) Explain Ayla's realization that she cannot use the sling in a productive way. What does the porcupine symbolize? Why does she want to keep trying?

Part 3) How does the skill Ayla develops with the sling influence her relationships, especially with the men of the clan? Why does she have such a hard time feigning submission to male superiority?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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