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. As Matt sits waiting for his dinner to cook, he hears someone. Who/what does he first think he hears?

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

3. What fruit does Matt find nearby?

4. Why does Matt skip the part about where Crusoe was born when he reads to Attean?

5. When Attean becomes angry and storms out of the cabin in Chapter 9, in what mood is Matt left?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Compare or contrast Attean and Matt as students.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the beginning of The Sign of the Beaver when Attean and Matt first meet, they are boys who are the same age and of very different cultures. In terms of their early relationship, that is until Attean becomes a man, compare and contrast these two young men.

Essay Topic 2

Even though Saknis is responsible for bringing up Attean, are there any significant ways in which Saknis and Attean are different? How does the reader sense the mutual love and respect they have for each other?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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