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. When Matt sees the 7 notches on his stick used for measuring time gone by, what month does he judge it is?

2. When Matt's father says, "Aye, it's yourn," what does the word "aye" mean?

3. What crop does Matt have to tend to every day in his garden patch?

4. How does Attean react to Matt's estimate of how long he will be teaching Attean?

5. When Attean catches a fish he feels is too small, what does he do with the fish before he releases it?

Short Essay Questions

1. After fishing and managing to catch four fish, how is Matt's good mood quickly ruined?

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

3. Explain how Matt's appetite might be considered the impetus for the action of Chapter 5, when he is attacked by bees?

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. How might one evaluate the stories Ben tells of living with the Indians and fighting the French?

10. How does Matt's remark about shooting squirrels remind the reader that Matt is still a child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Much of Matt and Attean's time is spent preparing to hunt, talking about hunting, or actually hunting. What is there about hunting that brings out all the aspects of friendship that must be dealt with before actually becoming friends?

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