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. When Matt and Attean are talking about the animal in the trap, what does Attean say that white men trap for?

2. What emotion does Matt imagine he sees in Attean's eyes?

3. What does Attean do as he leaves Matt at the cabin in Chapter 21?

4. In what game that he plays with the Indians is Matt most successful?

5. For what reason does Matt think Attean returns each day?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Since Matt has spent time with the Indians, how is he better able to make provisions for the winter?

3. What does Matt do at the end of Chapter 24 that suggests he has adequately prepared for winter?

4. What evidence is there that Matt's relationship with the Indians fulfilled a familial longing?

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

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

7. How does such a violent act as killing a bear bring Matt and Attean into a relationship that for the first time seems like a friendship?

8. How does Saknis receive Matt's declining the invitation to go on the hunt with his people?

9. What is the explanation for Attean not eating the bear and how does he seem to feel about this?

10. Matt gets considerable reassurance of his acceptance in Chapter 22 when Attean renews his invitation to Matt to join them to find a new hunting ground. How does Matt's response please and simultaneously disappoint Attean?

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

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

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?

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