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 long does Matt estimate that it will take Attean to learn his lessons?

2. What word does Attean use to describe Crusoe when Crusoe goes back to the ship?

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

4. What is the first word that Matt hears the stranger speak?

5. How does Matt know that the stranger intends to stay the night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the conflict Matt faces when Saknis invites him to come along on the hunt with his people as Attean's brother?

6. What is Matt's reaction to Attean's explanation of his grandmother's hatred of white men?

7. Attean tells Matt that it is the white man who introduced metal traps to the Indians. What does the trap symbolize to Attean?

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

9. How is Matt and Attean's use of each other's language symbolic of their relationship?

10. When Attean takes Matt around to see the Indian women working, why is this work of such interest to Matt and of little interest to Attean?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The road to friendship is a gradual sometimes--especially when there is mistrust and resentment. How does Matt overcome his mistrust of Attean? How does Attean overcome his resentment of white people?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss whether the conflict of man against man or man against nature is the framework for the basic conflict in The Sign of the Beaver.

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