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 does the stranger ask for that Matt doesn't have?

2. What animal does Matt want to be his next target?

3. What kind of trees are used to build their cabin?

4. What is held in the keg that was overturned?

5. What is the first sign to Matt that something bad has happened to his cabin while he was gone?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why is Matt "delighted" to know that Attean tells the story to his brothers?

4. What is the explanation for Attean not eating the bear and how does he seem to feel about this?

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

6. Since Matt has spent time with the Indians, how is he better able to make provisions for the winter?

7. How does Saknis receive Matt's declining the invitation to go on the hunt with his people?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why is Attean's explanation of the manitou and Matt's understanding and concern for it a significant turning point in their relationship?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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