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 made Ayla grateful for the height of her cave?

2. Who was the woman that Jondalar was seeing?

3. What is the foehn?

4. What animal did Jondalar see that he thought there would be no point to hunting?

5. When did Ayla realize that Whinney had gone where Ayla wanted her to go?

Short Essay Questions

1. What idea struck Ayla?

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

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

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

5. Why did Thonolan want to give up?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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