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 girl was interested in Jondalar?

2. What animal had injured Thonolan?

3. What festival was held when the moon was new in the Clan?

4. What was the burly man carrying on his back?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What idea struck Ayla?

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

3. What is the difference between Thonolan and Jondalar?

4. Why had Jondalar inadvertently hurt Radonio?

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

6. Why did Thonolan want to give up?

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

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

9. What struck Ayla as wrong, and how did she feel when she had figured it out?

10. Why did Ayla take in the baby horse?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the relationship between Ayla, Baby and Whinney. How is this similar to a multi-pet household? In what ways was Ayla's relationship different from anything that is around in present day? What specific traits are important to note regarding the domesticated animals?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Consider Ayla's fears regarding the Others. Are her fears well founded? Why or why not? What is unlikely to happen to Ayla that the Clan often became the victims of?

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