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 had become a foregone luxury?

2. What girl was interested in Jondalar?

3. What is the only thing Ayla lacked in the valley?

4. What kind of tree isn't mentioned for lance making?

5. What did Ayla rely on when night fell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Jondalar panic in regard to the blood-soaked tunic?

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

3. Why had Jondalar inadvertently hurt Radonio?

4. Why was Darvo so happy when Thonolan had decided to mate Jetamio and stay?

5. Why did Thonolan want to give up?

6. What is the difference between Thonolan and Jondalar?

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

8. In what ways did Whinney help Ayla accomplish the reindeer hunt?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the frequent innovation done by the characters throughout the novel. Was innovation likely to occur so fast? Why or why not? What kinds of situations would lead to innovative ways to solve a problem? How is Ayla's behavior indicative of this?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the similarities in the relationships of Jondalar and Thonolan. In what ways were the relationships different? What does the reader believe will unfold for Jondalar and Ayla in the future? Do you think their relationship will continue to parallel Thonolan's? Why or why not?

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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