The Valley of Horses Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What kind of berries did Ayla come across?

2. What did Ayla like to wear for comfort?

3. What did Ayla find on her way back?

4. What innovation allowed Ayla to move the deer and her newest acquisition?

5. What large animal did Ayla decide to hunt?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why had Jondalar inadvertently hurt Radonio?

2. What things did Ayla need to survive the winter?

3. What events led to Ayla making fire with flint and iron pyrite?

4. What did the old woman throw on the ground, and how did Jondalar react to it?

5. What transformation did Jetamio undergo when she smiled, and what impression did Jondalar get from that smile?

6. What had made Ayla finally glad of the presence of the hyenas?

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

8. What idea struck Ayla?

9. Why were the gifts from others not really anonymous?

10. What animal had used the cave before Ayla, and how did she know? How did she react to this knowledge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationships between Clan and Others. How does each pursue the other? Provide reasons for this tension. How do people today still struggle with similar issues, and why?

Essay Topic 2

What was Ayla's motivation for keeping order in her cave? How might Ayla have fared if she didn't keep such order? How might Jondalar have fared? Who did she learn organization from, and why was it necessary?

Essay Topic 3

Ayla struggles to find her place in life, plagued by multiple insecurities and misconceptions. How is this struggle similar to that of women everywhere? What kinds of things can women learn from Ayla?

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