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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 word best describes Matt's thoughts as soon as Attean and the fellow visitor leave?
2. What emotion does Matt imagine he sees in Attean's eyes?
3. When Attean visits Matt after his manitou, who accompanies him?
4. What does Matt temporarily "lose" in the gambling game he plays with the Indian boys?
5. When Mat finally makes it outside, he does so by making a kind of tool that is similar to what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Since Matt has spent time with the Indians, how is he better able to make provisions for the winter?
2. What evidence is there that Matt's relationship with the Indians fulfilled a familial longing?
3. How do the setting and details that the author uses to describe autumn work to match Matt's mood when he recognizes that his family is past due?
4. After a day of hard play in the Indian village, Matt is physically sore but content. Explain these two apparently contradicting feelings.
5. What is the conflict Matt faces when Saknis invites him to come along on the hunt with his people as Attean's brother?
6. What is the explanation for Attean not eating the bear and how does he seem to feel about this?
7. What does Matt do at the end of Chapter 24 that suggests he has adequately prepared for winter?
8. How is Matt and Attean's use of each other's language symbolic of their relationship?
9. How does the celebration of the bear kill at Attean's village actually work to lessen friction over cultural differences?
10. Attean tells Matt that it is the white man who introduced metal traps to the Indians. What does the trap symbolize to Attean?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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?
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