Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Velma Wallis
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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 is the irritating side effect for the women of covering their faces?

2. What does Sa' cook for breakfast on the fifth morning?

3. What causes Sa' to cry for the first time?

4. What does Sa' gladly realize on the fourth night?

5. What does Chi'idzigyaak's daughter give her as she leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the two old women decide that they cannot remain in the camp where they have been abandoned?

2. How does Sa' kill a squirrel?

3. Why does Sa' say that the two women are like babies?

4. What unusual character flaw do the two old women possess?

5. How do the migrating bands keep their fires alive?

6. How does the group react to the chief's announcement that the two old women would be left behind?

7. Why did Sa' escape punishment for refusing to do women's work as a young woman?

8. What slows the two old women's progress when they wake up on the second day of travel?

9. Why do the two old women feel "almost superstitious" about their good luck in hunting?

10. How is Shruh Zhuu's behavior unusual among The People?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ms. Wallis contends that those who write about a culture but are not part of it often misinterpret or misrepresent the culture. In your essay, explain why this story could or could not have been recorded by a member of a different culture. Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Velma Wallis' statement that young people may learn about their past, their people, and themselves from stories such as this one. How can such a specific story have such broad general impact?

Essay Topic 3

One of the themes in this story is transformation. In your essay, explain how the abandonment brought about changes in the old women that made it possible for them to succeed in a harsh environment.

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