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. Why can't Jondalar mate Joplaya?

2. What were plantain leaves good for?

3. What did Ayla decide she would gather that day?

4. What color was the soil at the edge of the water?

5. Who was the woman that Jondalar was seeing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What stroke of innovation allowed Ayla to bring down a horse on her own?

2. Why didn't Ayla get mad when Whinney ran and dumped all her things?

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

4. Why did Jondalar take special attention in making sure young women were Pleasured in their First Rites?

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

6. Why did Thonolan want to give up?

7. What kind of relationship did Jondalar and Jetamio start out with? What did it deepen into and how?

8. How did Ayla react to the valley?

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

10. Why was there always someone present when a young woman lost her virginity, or rather, had her First Rites?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of herbal medicines throughout THE VALLEY OF HORSES. Why is herbalism important to Ayla's day to day life? What kinds of situations might never have come to pass if Ayla's skill was less than satisfactory? Why would this have been the case?

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

Discuss why Jean M. Auel may have decided to kill Thonolan off. What purpose did this destruction of a character play upon the developing plot of the book? Was this death necessary for plot development? Why or why not?

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