The Valley of Horses Test | Final 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. At what point do older women choose younger men?

2. What had Jondalar thought the Clan was?

3. When there was less weight the boat was ______ to handle.

4. What does Jondalar notice is missing from Ayla's implements?

5. How did Ayla move according to Jondalar?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Jondalar consider about Ayla, and what brought about this decision?

3. Why did Ayla's cave seem more lonely at this point than when she had first made it her home?

4. What adaptive techniques allowed the chamois to cling to rocks?

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

6. Why was Thonolan so stressed?

7. What did the Clan consider as improper and why did Ayla question it? To what conclusion did Ayla come regarding this?

8. What major difference did Ayla note in Jondalar's attitude towards the clan in Chapter 26?

9. What did Jondalar admire about Ayla, and what had it taken to show him?

10. What main reason did Serenio give Jondalar to not mate him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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?

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