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 finally finishes telling the story of Robinson Crusoe to Attean, what does Attean say?

2. On this day that he has trouble opening the door, what food that his mother makes does Matt miss?

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

4. When Matt first learns that he is invited to the Indian village after the dog rescue, why does he think he is invited?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 15, what animal does Matt successfully kill with his bow and arrow?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. What is the conflict Matt faces when Saknis invites him to come along on the hunt with his people as Attean's brother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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