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. What is the "white stuff" that has spilled?

2. On the first trip that Attean and Matt make into the woods to hunt rabbits, what weapon did Attean bring?

3. What does Attean make hooks from when Matt loses his fish hook?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 12, what does Matt wake up and decide he wants?

5. What does Saknis make for Matt that is made of wood?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does the story of Robinson Crusoe become more than a reading book for Attean and Matt?

3. Looking back to how Matt first meets the man who calls himself Ben, what is Matt's first mistake regarding this man?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Explain why the reader senses that Matt's rescuer is kind and that Matt is safe.

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

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

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 3

The Sign of the Beaver certainly explores the plight of the native Americans. Yet there is much the reader learns about "the white man" from Attean. What image of the white frontiersmen emerges from this novel? In other words, how does the image of the white man that Attean speaks of compare or contrast to the actual white men (such as Matt, his father, and briefly, Ben) the reader encounters in the story?

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