Island of the Blue Dolphins Test | Final 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. How long does the earthquake last?

2. How does Karana keep track of the time she has spent on the island?

3. Although this is a happy time for Karana, what does she think about?

4. Why doesn't Karana bring Rontu with her to check out the Aleut camp?

5. What does the big gray dog do when Karana finds him at the rocks after 2 days?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after Karana spears the giant devilfish?

2. Karana survives the tidal waves and returns to the headland. What happens when Rontu-Aru greets her?

3. What does Karana do with the young, wounded otter she finds after the Aleutian ship departs?

4. Summarize Karana's feelings toward the animals on the island

5. Explain what happens when Rontu fights the two wild dogs on the sea cliff.

6. Where does Karana make a grave for Rontu and what does she place on it?

7. What does Karana do after the Aleut girl finds her and Rontu at the cave?

8. What does Karana lose in the damage of the tidal waves?

9. Compare Rontu with his son, Rontu-Aru.

10. In case the Aleuts returned to the island, Karana repairs the canoe for a fast escape. What alterations does she make to the canoe to make it more manageable for her size?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Discuss how Karana grows as a character from the beginning of the novel to the end.

2) How do her attitudes change toward the wild dogs?

3) How do her feelings change toward the Aleuts?

4) How do her feelings toward life on the island differ from the beginning to the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

1) Explain the belief by the tribe of Ghalas-at with regard to women hunting.

2) How does this belief affect Karana when she is stranded on the island?

3) What are her feelings toward the belief?

4) In what way is Karana justified in her reaction to the Ghalas-at belief?

Essay Topic 3

1) The Island of the Blue Dolphins is a fitting setting for the theme of courage and survival.

2) Describe the function of the island as a means of revealing this theme.

3) Cite at least three examples of how the setting intensifies Karana's journey of survival and courage.

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