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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 animal is in the trap that they come upon?
2. When Matt and Attean are hiking in the woods, they come upon a trap. Of what is the trap made?
3. What does Attean teach Matt that he could make a rain cape from?
4. From what does Matt make a pair of mittens for himself?
5. What does Matt feel as he leaves Attean's grandmother after the day at the village?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Matt's reaction to Attean's explanation of his grandmother's hatred of white men?
2. How does Saknis receive Matt's declining the invitation to go on the hunt with his people?
3. 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?
4. As Matt misses his family and Christmas nears, how do his memories work for him?
5. Attean tells Matt that it is the white man who introduced metal traps to the Indians. What does the trap symbolize to Attean?
6. When Attean takes Matt around to see the Indian women working, why is this work of such interest to Matt and of little interest to Attean?
7. When Attean comes to say farewell, why does Matt to give Attean his father's watch and not the book?
8. What evidence is there that Matt's relationship with the Indians fulfilled a familial longing?
9. How is Matt's acceptance of the manitou indicative of his growing respect for the Indian culture?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Sign of the Beaver certainly explores the plight of the native Americans. Yet there is much the reader learns about "the white man" from Attean. What image of the white frontiersmen emerges from this novel? In other words, how does the image of the white man that Attean speaks of compare or contrast to the actual white men (such as Matt, his father, and briefly, Ben) the reader encounters in the story?
Essay Topic 2
Matt and Attean tell each other stories. Explain the importance of their knowing each other's stories and extend this by explaining the importance of people knowing the stories (such as the tales, the fables, the myths) of other cultures.
Essay Topic 3
Attean does not seem to understand Matt's concept of land ownership and he dismisses treaties that his people had with the white men as worthless. How then does he come to have a different opinion of the markings that tribes put on trees to designate their hunting grounds. How is this concept different from the ownership Matt understands?
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