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. How many arrows does Attean use to kill the bear?

2. As Matt and Attean take leave of each other, who does Matt say he would like Attean's grandfather to meet?

3. Approximately how long does it take Matt and Attean to reach Attean's village from Matt's cabin?

4. What does Matt really love to have to add to his fish and make it taste delicious?

5. Who goes with Matt to rescue the dog?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Matt's acceptance of the manitou indicative of his growing respect for the Indian culture?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. What is Matt's reaction to Attean's explanation of his grandmother's hatred of white men?

8. How does the celebration of the bear kill at Attean's village actually work to lessen friction over cultural differences?

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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