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 was Creb's favorite food?

2. What does Jondalar wish the healer would let him do?

3. What stone, when combined with flint, produced a spark?

4. What large animal did Ayla decide to hunt?

5. What was the tree called that was adorned with offerings?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did Thonolan want to give up?

4. What information did Creb give Ayla on signs from her totem?

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

6. What is the Malaise?

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

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

9. What is the difference between Thonolan and Jondalar?

10. What idea struck Ayla?

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

Explain the difference in status between women of the Clan and women of the Others. How are merits determined and rank established? What are some perks of high rank? How can an individual become a high ranking member in both societies?

Essay Topic 3

Jondalar frequently pictures Ayla as a donii, or spirit of a Goddess. How does the spirituality of the people portrayed in the novel play a valid role in every day life for these people? Do you think humanity is better or worse off for the loss of this spirituality? Why?

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