The Sign of the Beaver Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Elizabeth George Speare
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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 does Attean react to Matt's estimate of how long he will be teaching Attean?

2. What does Attean bring Matt when he enters the house in Chapter 7?

3. How many rooms are in the log cabin that Matt has helped built?

4. After the incident with the bees, what is the main source of Matt's pain?

5. Who is it that apparently appreciates how fond Matt is of molasses and made sure he had some molasses in the cabin?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Matt more apt to question slavery now when reading with Attean and never before?

2. Compare or contrast Attean and Matt as students.

3. At the end of Chapter 10, Matt comments that Attean has smiled his first genuine smile. One must infer the reason for this smile. What is the reason behind this smile?

4. What is Attean's method for retracing his path in the woods that he tries to instill in Matt?

5. Some might say that by heeding his father's advice Matt makes a mistake. How might one blame Matt's father for Matt being duped?

6. What does Matt reveal in the narration that reveals how sensitive he is to being without a gun?

7. How might one evaluate the stories Ben tells of living with the Indians and fighting the French?

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

9. How do Saknis and his grandson differ in their opinions of the white man?

10. After fishing and managing to catch four fish, how is Matt's good mood quickly ruined?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Attean does not seem to understand Matt's concept of land ownership and he dismisses treaties that his people had with the white men as worthless. How then does he come to have a different opinion of the markings that tribes put on trees to designate their hunting grounds. How is this concept different from the ownership Matt understands?

Essay Topic 2

The wilderness is the setting of the novel, The Sign of the Beaver. In this novel, the wilderness is more than a backdrop for the action; it is a force. Discuss how the wilderness as it is described various times in the novel has the power to challenge, to motivate, to please, and to frighten characters. Use at least three specific examples from the text to show the role the wilderness plays in this novel.

Essay Topic 3

There are four instances in the book that deal with metal traps--early on there is Ben and his trapping for furs; there is Attean explaining how they cannot take the fox from a trap on another tribe's hunting ground; there is releasing the dog from the metal trap. How do these traps and rules around them illustrate the conflict between the white man and the Indian and each other's rules?

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