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 Ben blames himself for the break-in, what does he specifically blame himself for?

2. What is the first thing Matt prepares to teach Attean?

3. When Attean leaves, whose trip does Matt compare Robinson Crusoe's survival to?

4. What are less of a nuisance to Matt now that it is July?

5. Although Matt was discouraged, what does he decide to do after he cleans up after the break in?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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"?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Matt's father's teachings help Matt when he is alone?

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

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

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

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 Chapter 17 Matt learns Attean's personal history. How is this personal history lesson more powerful to Matt than other lessons about Indians he has learned in the past?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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