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 kind of work do the women do?

2. Why had the group not shared food with the two women?

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

4. What do the two women use for shelter the first night in at the old campsite?

5. What sound do the women hear when they are first alone in the silent night, before they have gone to sleep?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the two old women make snowshoes?

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

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

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

7. Why are the two women feeling worse when they wake up at their new campsite in Chapter 4, "A Painful Journey"?

8. How does Chi'idzigyaak make a rabbit snare?

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

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

A legend is defined as a story that is realistic and may be based on fact. It is told and retold over generations because it has some general application to humanity as a whole. What is it about this story that has such impact that Velma Wallis was determined to spend years preparing it to be read by those outside the immediate social group, the Athabascans? Why does this story qualify as a legend?

Essay Topic 2

The style of this book has been described as "simple," "humble," "lean," and "muscular." In your essay, find instances from the story to support these descriptions and explain why this style is or is not appropriate to the setting of the tale itself.

Essay Topic 3

Is it important to the story that the two old women and the rest of the band met up again and learned what had happened during their separation? Why or why not? In your essay, explain the importance of the reconciliation to the learning that the story offers to its characters and to its readers.

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