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

2. By what name does the stranger introduce himself?

3. As Matt sits waiting for his dinner to cook, he hears someone. Who/what does he first think he hears?

4. What is one book that Matt has in the cabin?

5. When Matt sees his cabin in shambles, what does he expect is the cause?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

5. What specifically causes Matt's accident and pain?

6. How does Matt's garden experience prove to be frustrating?

7. Why is the absence of the rifle so terrible for Matt?

8. Attean, to say the least, is uncooperative in his first reading lesson. Explain his behavior and the feelings behind this behavior.

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. How dies Matt discover that he can overcome his loneliness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though Saknis is responsible for bringing up Attean, are there any significant ways in which Saknis and Attean are different? How does the reader sense the mutual love and respect they have for each other?

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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