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 the incident with the bees, what is the main source of Matt's pain?

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

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

4. What food supply is kept in a barrel in the cabin?

5. What does Saknis make for Matt that is made of wood?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Matt's experience of learning how to make a bow different from the other hunting lessons of Attean so far in the story?

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

7. Despite Matt's gun being gone, what is happens in Chapter 4 that suggests that Matt is in good spirits?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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