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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 was Creb's favorite food?

3. What wood makes good boats?

4. What is the phrase that people say?

5. How long had the boat turned out to be?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the Malaise?

3. What caused Ayla much laughter following the onager kill?

4. What was Jondalar's outburst regarding, and what was the reason for it?

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

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

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

8. What argument did Ayla make for the people of the Clan not being animals?

9. What thought pattern lead to Ayla's riding of the huge cave lion?

10. Why wouldn't Jondalar stop loving Ayla?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why wouldn't Serenio mate Jondalar? What were her reasons? Were they valid? Why or why not? What was Jondalar's reaction to her refusal?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Jondalar's inability to love. What was likely responsible for this? Do you believe in the concept of one true love for each person? Why or why not? What is the author's position on true love? How can the reader tell?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Ayla's relationship with Whinney. How did this relationship likely bring her through some tough times? Is Ayla's emotional attachment understandable, considering her situation? How is Ayla's relationship with Whinney different from present day relationships with horses?

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