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 admire and say that is "worth a passel of beaver"?

2. How often does Matt cook for himself?

3. What does Matt still have a few grains of in a tin after the break in?

4. What does Matt believe that the Indians desire most as treatment from white settlers?

5. When Matt reads Robinson Crusoe to Attean, which word does he change?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare or contrast Attean and Matt as students.

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

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

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

5. Why might one argue that Matt underestimates the danger the bees could cause him when he is planning to get some honey?

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

7. 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?

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

9. What is Attean's method for retracing his path in the woods that he tries to instill in Matt?

10. How does Matt deal with his disappointment in not hitting the red squirrel that he sets out to kill for food?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Until Matt read Robinson Crusoe to Attean, it was just the story of an adventure. What does Matt himself learn from reading Robinson Crusoe through Attean's eyes? How does the book ultimately become an educational tool for Matt?

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of women in Attean's village? What does Attean say about women that help the reader understand his view of women in a community?

Essay Topic 3

In the beginning of The Sign of the Beaver when Attean and Matt first meet, they are boys who are the same age and of very different cultures. In terms of their early relationship, that is until Attean becomes a man, compare and contrast these two young men.

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