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Elizabeth George Speare
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Aremus?
(a) Attean's brother.
(b) Attean's dog.
(c) Attean's friend.
(d) Attean's sister.

2. What are the two crops that Matt has evidently planted near his cabin?
(a) Corn and pumpkins.
(b) Corn and squash.
(c) Corn and potatoes.
(d) Corn and tomatoes.

3. Who is Attean?
(a) An older Indian man.
(b) A fur trader.
(c) An Indian child.
(d) A trapper

4. What does the stranger ask for that Matt doesn't have?
(a) Whiskey.
(b) Cider.
(c) Tobacco.
(d) Fruit.

5. After the cabin break-in, what food does Matt find that he is particularly tired of?
(a) Salted fish.
(b) Fish broth.
(c) Plain fish.
(d) Fish stew.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Attean cooks the fish, how does he get it over the flames?

2. When Attean becomes angry and storms out of the cabin in Chapter 9, in what mood is Matt left?

3. Who is Saknis?

4. When the man asks whether Matt is alone at the camp site, how does Matt respond?

5. How old will Matt be in seven weeks from the day his father leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Matt's appetite might be considered the impetus for the action of Chapter 5, when he is attacked by bees?

2. In what ways does Matt reveal his maturity in this first chapter?

3. How does Matt deal with his disappointment in not hitting the red squirrel that he sets out to kill for food?

4. In Chapter 11, the reader comes upon the explanation of the title of the novel, "the sign of the beaver." What is the sign of the beaver?

5. How is Matt's experience of learning how to make a bow different from the other hunting lessons of Attean so far in the story?

6. How does Matt intend to deal with his loneliness?

7. Explain whether Matt is jealous of Attean's fishing skills.

8. Why might Attean be so uninterested in learning to read and write the English language?

9. Despite Matt's gun being gone, what is happens in Chapter 4 that suggests that Matt is in good spirits?

10. How does Matt's remark about shooting squirrels remind the reader that Matt is still a child?

(see the answer keys)

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