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. Who goes with Matt to rescue the dog?

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

3. When Matt finally finishes telling the story of Robinson Crusoe to Attean, what does Attean say?

4. When Attean visits Matt after his manitou, who accompanies him?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Attean comes to say farewell, why does Matt to give Attean his father's watch and not the book?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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. How do the setting and details that the author uses to describe autumn work to match Matt's mood when he recognizes that his family is past due?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Matt's cabin, in addition to Robinson Crusoe, he also has the Bible. When Matt retells Attean a story from the Bible, Attean accepts it much better than the Robinson Crusoe story. What is it about the story of Noah's Ark that is ultimately more acceptable to Attean?

Essay Topic 2

The road to friendship is a gradual sometimes--especially when there is mistrust and resentment. How does Matt overcome his mistrust of Attean? How does Attean overcome his resentment of white people?

Essay Topic 3

What is the role of women in Attean's village? What does Attean say about women that help the reader understand his view of women in a community?

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