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. Who assures Matt that the local Indians were not to be feared?

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

3. How might one characterize the way in which Matt and Attean work together in the forest to create a weapon?

4. What is Attean's preferred method of making arrows?

5. Who/what is with this person who rescues Matt from the bee attack?

Short Essay Questions

1. Matt gets considerable reassurance of his acceptance in Chapter 22 when Attean renews his invitation to Matt to join them to find a new hunting ground. How does Matt's response please and simultaneously disappoint Attean?

2. 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"?

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

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

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

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

7. As Matt misses his family and Christmas nears, how do his memories work for him?

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

9. When Attean comes to say farewell, why does Matt to give Attean his father's watch and not the book?

10. How does such a violent act as killing a bear bring Matt and Attean into a relationship that for the first time seems like a friendship?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The Sign of the Beaver is a piece of historical fiction. The basic dilemmas of Attean and his people were the dilemmas and tragedies of the native Americans in the times of westward expansion. What do you think of the author's decision to have Attean and his people leave before Matt's family could meet them?

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