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. On the first trip that Attean and Matt make into the woods to hunt rabbits, what weapon did Attean bring?

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

3. As Matt and Attean find their way back to the cabin, what does Attean find and share with Matt?

4. How often is Matt instructed to cut a notch in the stick?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. In Chapter 11, the reader comes upon the explanation of the title of the novel, "the sign of the beaver." What is the sign of the beaver?

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

5. Characterize the relationship that develops between Saknis and Matt.

6. Looking back to how Matt first meets the man who calls himself Ben, what is Matt's first mistake regarding this man?

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

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

9. Explain why the reader senses that Matt's rescuer is kind and that Matt is safe.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Sign of the Beaver, Saknis, an older Indian, appears to befriend Matt. In addition to Matt's father's teachings, how is it evident that Saknis is a good and trustworthy person?

Essay Topic 2

The wilderness is the setting of the novel, The Sign of the Beaver. In this novel, the wilderness is more than a backdrop for the action; it is a force. Discuss how the wilderness as it is described various times in the novel has the power to challenge, to motivate, to please, and to frighten characters. Use at least three specific examples from the text to show the role the wilderness plays in this novel.

Essay Topic 3

How might Attean's mannerisms or brusque speaking patterns heighten Matt's uneasiness about Attean's motives or his intentions? In order to answer this adequately, refer directly to instances of Attean's actions or words.

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