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. What side of the Mother is Jondalar supposed to keep to?

2. What incident jolted Ayla into speech?

3. At what point do older women choose younger men?

4. What holds a part of Ayla's spirit?

5. What does Jondalar want to do with Ayla?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why wouldn't Jondalar stop loving Ayla?

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

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

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

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

6. What puzzled Jondalar regarding Ayla?

7. What two things had Ayla done that astounded Jondalar?

8. Why was Marthona so upset about Jondalar's decision to leave with Thonolan?

9. How did Dolando view flatheads and why did this shock Jondalar?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Thonolan's infatuation with Jetamio. Was their relationship a healthy one? Why or why not? In what ways might their relationship have been better for the both of them, and why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Jondalar's gradual change in perception regarding the flatheads. What likely finished the transitional process between animals to humans in Jondalar's mind, and what outside source responsible for this shift? What does this change in perception foreshadow what will occur later on?

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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