The Valley of Horses Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who was Iza and what had she told Ayla on the night that she died?

Iza was the closest thing to a mother Ayla had had growing up. On her deathbead, Iza had told Ayla that she was not Clan, but one of the Others, and that she should go and find a mate of her own kind. Iza had told her that Broud would hurt her if given the chance, and that she should leave right away and find her own mate.

2. What advantages did Ayla have that other clan women did not?

Ayla had two distinct advantages that the other clan women did not. Her first advantage was that she was a highly skilled medicine woman. The second advantage was that Ayla knew how to hunt, and was good at it.

3. What had Broud done, and how was it a sign of an immature leader?

Broud had taken away Ayla's son and cursed her. These were actions done by an immature leader due to the fact that her insolence wasn't enough to get her permanently cursed and have her son taken away; the decision was born of anger, not careful deliberation.

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