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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why are the villagers calmed after the alarm?
(a) The wild dogs are finally driven off.
(b) A huge warship bypasses the Island of the Blue Dolphins.
(c) The ship has white sails rather than the red of the Aleuts.
(d) The young warrior chief Kimka does not come onto the island.

2. Why do the villagers need an escape plan?
(a) The increase of serious storms is making the island unlivable.
(b) The villagers cannot climb down the cliffs.
(c) They must leave the Island of the Blue Dolphins if the Aleuts return.
(d) The supplies of food and water are now inadequate.

3. Where does Chief Chowig dispatch several young men?
(a) To the Aleut camp with beads
(b) To the cliffs to watch for more Aleut ships
(c) To make more spears
(d) To the beach to watch the Aleuts so they couldn't sail away without paying the agreed price

4. Why is Karana leaving the raging battle of sea elephants?
(a) Her elbow is swollen and throbbing.
(b) Both sea elephants are mortally wounded.
(c) She has vision in only one eye.
(d) Darkness has fallen.

5. Why don't Ulape and Karana throw rocks at the Aleuts from the cliff?
(a) They like Captain Orlov and don't want to hurt him.
(b) They want the Aleuts to stay on the island.
(c) They plan to tell the Aleuts to leave by sunrise.
(d) They are afraid of hitting a man of the village.

6. Why does Ramo get up in the darkness and leave Ghalas-at alone?
(a) To surprise Karana by preparing the morning meal fit for a new chief
(b) To get a canoe hidden in Coral Cove
(c) To hunt the wild dogs
(d) He is angry with Karana

7. How do the men of the village of Ghalas-at prepare for the coming ship?
(a) They all hide among the stones, afraid of the unwanted intruders.
(b) They run down to greet the ship, carrying goods to trade with the crew members.
(c) They arm themselves, running to the shore to drive away the intruders.
(d) They carry their weapons down to the shore. Half the men stand at the edge of the water and half hide in the rocks ready to attack if necessary.

8. What is Karana's decision about her future?
(a) To become the first woman leader of Ghalas-at
(b) To leave the village and live on a sheltered, flat rock
(c) Decides to have many children to increase the Ghalas-at population
(d) She will be a spearhead-maker for the village

9. Who is the reason someone jumps overboard?
(a) Karana
(b) Ramo
(c) Nanko
(d) Matasaip

10. What helps Karana decide between the two possible sites for a new house?
(a) The wind direction
(b) The availability of fresh water
(c) The view of Coral Cove
(d) The sea elephants

11. How do villagers feel about leaving the Island of the Blue Dolphin?
(a) They trust their tribesman Nanko.
(b) Thankful for not starving on the island
(c) Regretful that Kimka is dead
(d) Fearful about the destination, nonetheless happy

12. Why is Karana searching the beach sand at Coral Cove?
(a) Looking for the chest the Aleuts brought ashore
(b) Gathering kelp to make body coverings
(c) Looking for live sea otter that wash ashore
(d) Gathering stones for making spearheads

13. Why does the number of men in the Ghalas-at tribe change suddenly?
(a) Many are killed in battle.
(b) Many choose to leave the village with Chief Chowig.
(c) There is constant arguing and unrest among the villagers.
(d) Many choose to leave the village and follow Captain Orlov.

14. What is swimming ahead of the canoe?
(a) Sea otters
(b) Three sea elephants with huge tusks
(c) Nothing
(d) Blue dolphins

15. What do the villagers fear?
(a) Losing to wreckage the few remaining skin canoes
(b) The water springs flooding parts of the village.
(c) Return of the Aleuts
(d) The raging sea storms from the south.

Short Answer Questions

1. As a storm rages for six days, what is Karana doing?

2. What is a reason Karana delays her shot at the sea elephant?

3. Which utensil Karana is making?

4. What is on the beach when Karana returns?

5. Why does Chief Chowig advise the people not to visit the Aleut's camp?

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