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. According to the stranger, what life experiences does this man have?

2. Who bakes the johnnycake that Matt eats after hunting?

3. Where is Matt supposed to get the the clay for the spaces between the logs in the cabin?

4. Who is Saknis?

5. What is the main source of Matt's frustration with gardening?

Short Essay Questions

1. Matt wakes in the morning dreading the task of teaching Attean to read. Explain the reason for this dread and whether it is justified.

2. Some might say that by heeding his father's advice Matt makes a mistake. How might one blame Matt's father for Matt being duped?

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

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

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

6. Explain whether Matt is jealous of Attean's fishing skills.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of The Sign of the Beaver, Matt is a child in his father's care. Although he has learned the lessons his father and his parents have taught him, discuss the immature side of Matt and give examples of his behaviors or early relations with people that suggest that he is still a child.

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

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?

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