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. After hunting lessons from Attean, what is the first thing that Matt catches?

2. What part of Robinson Crusoe does Matt begin Attean's lesson on the the second day of reading classes?

3. What does Matt think of the difficulty of climbing the tree that has bees in it?

4. When Attean leaves, whose trip does Matt compare Robinson Crusoe's survival to?

5. From what does Matt's suspicion come that he is being watched?

Short Essay Questions

1. The first relationship the reader witnesses is the one between Matt and his father. Describe their relationship.

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

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

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

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

6. How does Matt intend to deal with his loneliness?

7. 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?

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

9. What does the last sentence of the chapter mean, "So he was not so quick-witted as he should have been when unexpectedly someone arrived"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are four instances in the book that deal with metal traps--early on there is Ben and his trapping for furs; there is Attean explaining how they cannot take the fox from a trap on another tribe's hunting ground; there is releasing the dog from the metal trap. How do these traps and rules around them illustrate the conflict between the white man and the Indian and each other's rules?

Essay Topic 3

Matt and Attean tell each other stories. Explain the importance of their knowing each other's stories and extend this by explaining the importance of people knowing the stories (such as the tales, the fables, the myths) of other cultures.

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