The Sign of the Beaver Test | Final 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. What emotion does Matt imagine he sees in Attean's eyes?

2. When Attean visits Matt after his manitou, what is he carrying?

3. In addition to mittens, what else does Matt want fur for?

4. On this particular visit to Matt's cabin, what is Matt warned of?

5. When Attean tells Matt that he and his family are leaving, what is the reason he gives Attean for their departure?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Matt misses his family and Christmas nears, how do his memories work for him?

2. Attean tells Matt that it is the white man who introduced metal traps to the Indians. What does the trap symbolize to Attean?

3. When Matt comes upon the Attean's dog in the trap, he knows he is in the land of the turtle and should not tamper with anything there. Why does he knowingly go against the law that Attean taught him?

4. How is Matt and Attean's use of each other's language symbolic of their relationship?

5. Why is Matt "delighted" to know that Attean tells the story to his brothers?

6. 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?

7. Even though they are husband and wife, why do Saknis's feelings about the white man differ from the feelings of Attean's grandmother?

8. Why is it ironic that Matt wonders how the Great Spirit that the Indians worship seem to be like the Indians themselves--i.e. a mighty hunter, very strong?

9. How does Matt's reaction to the cleanup being relegated to squaws indicate that he is more accepting of cultural differences?

10. After a day of hard play in the Indian village, Matt is physically sore but content. Explain these two apparently contradicting feelings.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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