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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 Attean bring Matt when he enters the house in Chapter 7?
2. At the beginning of Chapter 12, what does Matt wake up and decide he wants?
3. What does Matt make for his guest and himself to eat?
4. When Attean catches a fish he feels is too small, what does he do with the fish before he releases it?
5. On the first trip that Attean and Matt make into the woods to hunt rabbits, what weapon did Attean bring?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Matt and Attean's use of each other's language symbolic of their relationship?
2. In spite of Attean not being in high spirits, he visits Matt shortly before his manitou. What is the significance of this visit at this time?
3. How does Matt's garden experience prove to be frustrating?
4. When Attean takes Matt around to see the Indian women working, why is this work of such interest to Matt and of little interest to Attean?
5. 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?
6. How do Saknis and his grandson differ in their opinions of the white man?
7. Why is Matt "delighted" to know that Attean tells the story to his brothers?
8. After fishing and managing to catch four fish, how is Matt's good mood quickly ruined?
9. What is Attean's method for retracing his path in the woods that he tries to instill in Matt?
10. How does the celebration of the bear kill at Attean's village actually work to lessen friction over cultural differences?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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