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 hiking in the woods, they come upon a trap. Of what is the trap made?

2. What kind of story did Attean's story of Great Spirit make Matt think of?

3. When Matt is alone and feeling lonely, what does Matt imagine might have happened to his father?

4. Who sends Matt a basket of maple sugar?

5. Who is Gluskabe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The wilderness is the setting of the novel, The Sign of the Beaver. In this novel, the wilderness is more than a backdrop for the action; it is a force. Discuss how the wilderness as it is described various times in the novel has the power to challenge, to motivate, to please, and to frighten characters. Use at least three specific examples from the text to show the role the wilderness plays in this novel.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss whether the conflict of man against man or man against nature is the framework for the basic conflict in The Sign of the Beaver.

Essay Topic 3

Why is Attean's explanation of the manitou and Matt's understanding and concern for it a significant turning point in their relationship?

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