Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival Test | Final 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 do the women first give The People?

2. What does the chief believe would give The People a second chance?

3. What undermines the chief's decision-making ability?

4. What do the women eat as winter ends?

5. What does Daagoo think may have caused the scent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What condition are The People in when they arrive at the camp where they had abandoned the two women?

2. How does Daagoo decide which direction the two women might have taken?

3. Why does Daagoo hold out hope that the old women are still alive?

4. Why would it be difficult to see from a distance that Sa' was an old woman?

5. Why is Ch'idzigyaak afraid when The People first come to visit the two women?

6. Why do the old women not want to get too much help from The People?

7. Where do the women decide to go to protect themselves from others as the weather warms?

8. What had the women made in their spare time during the winter?

9. How has the women's attitude toward The People changed in the time since they were abandoned?

10. What game does the bull moose play with Sa'?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Authors write for many different purposes such as to explain, to inform, to persuade, or to entertain. In your essay, tell what you think Ms. Wallis' main purpose was in writing this story. Explain your reasoning. Make your determination based on the story's impact on you as a reader. Were you entertained? Was your mind changed in some way? Did you learn something you didn't know before?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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