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. What does Karana do to pass the time in the cave while she and Rontu are hiding from the Aleuts?

2. Where does Karana bury Rontu?

3. What does Karana see in the early morning light at the Aleut camp?

4. How does Karana care for the young otter she finds caught in the kelp?

5. Why does Karana change Mon-a-nee's name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Karana feel now that Tutok has gone away?

4. Karana watches for Tutok from a brushy ledge the morning after finding the necklace. What does Karana do when Tutok arrives, then turns to leave when she sees that Karana has not taken the necklace?

5. What does Karana see while she is out looking for supplies to fix her canoe, and what is her reaction?

6. How do Karana and Tutok spend their time together?

7. Other than training the birds, how does Karana pass the time throughout the spring?

8. What happens after Karana spears the giant devilfish?

9. How do the gulls open the scallops shells to eat the meat inside?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Evaluate the elements of cause and effect in this story using examples from the novel.

2) Choose three events from the story which then cause Karana's life to undergo a change.

3) How does she react to the events and their effects?

Essay Topic 2

1) Examine what it means to be a member of Chief Chowig's tribe.

2) What characteristics distinguish tribal life on Ghalas-at?

3) What problems do the villagers face? How do they show pride and courage?

4) Back up the answers with examples from the story.

Essay Topic 3

1) Analyze the structure of the novel. What is the central conflict?

2) Summarize the plot's climax and resolution.

3) Are the characterizations in the story realistic?

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