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 not tolerated in this environment?

2. How do the women insulate their shelter?

3. What does the name Sa' mean?

4. Why does the chief want to leave as quickly as possible?

5. Who does Sa' wish to prove wrong?

Short Essay Questions

1. What gets the two old women up in the middle of the night on the first night after their abandonment?

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

3. How do the two old women react to the chief's announcement that they will be left behind?

4. Why was Sa' finally banished from her group as a young woman?

5. Why do the two women boil the squirrel meat and drink the broth rather than eating the meat?

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

7. Why does Ozhii Nelii not defend her mother?

8. Why are the hunters always fed first?

9. Why is the winter in which this story takes place more dangerous for The People than other winters?

10. What are the first tasks the women must do to prepare their shelter at the fish camp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Velma Wallis said, "Stories are gifts given by an elder to a younger person." Is this story one that you would want to keep and share with others in your own life? In your essay, retell the story in your own words. Explain why you do or do not think it is a gift you would want to share.

Essay Topic 2

Velma Wallis said that she wanted to write this story because it "taught me a lesson I could use in my life." In your essay, explain what the lesson of this story is and how a person could use it in life.

Essay Topic 3

"The land was easy for me to live on, and now it seems not to want me." "Sa' marveled at the power the land held over the people, the animals, and even the plants." Write an essay discussing the power that the land holds over the people in the story. How and why are their lives controlled by the physical setting in which they live?

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