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. When Matt asks Attean to show him how to kill a rabbit, what is it that piqued his interest in learning to hunt as Attean?

2. When Attean invites Matt to go fishing, what does Attean stop on the way to make?

3. What is the main source of Matt's frustration with gardening?

4. What does Matt try to salvage after the break-in that is now mixed with dirt?

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. Matt wakes in the morning dreading the task of teaching Attean to read. Explain the reason for this dread and whether it is justified.

8. Characterize the relationship that develops between Saknis and Matt.

9. What does the last sentence of the chapter mean, "So he was not so quick-witted as he should have been when unexpectedly someone arrived"?

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

How might Attean's mannerisms or brusque speaking patterns heighten Matt's uneasiness about Attean's motives or his intentions? In order to answer this adequately, refer directly to instances of Attean's actions or words.

Essay Topic 2

In Matt's cabin, in addition to Robinson Crusoe, he also has the Bible. When Matt retells Attean a story from the Bible, Attean accepts it much better than the Robinson Crusoe story. What is it about the story of Noah's Ark that is ultimately more acceptable to Attean?

Essay Topic 3

At one point, both Saknis and Attean call Matt the white brother of Attean. Why is this term "brother" used by them here? How is being named a "brother" different than being called a "friend"? Why do they come to think Matt deserves this name?

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