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 larger animal do the women remember how to trap?

2. What does Daagoo first assure the women?

3. What does Daagoo give the women that causes them to trust him?

4. Where does the chief's bitterness show?

5. What is each of the men conditioned to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do The People agree to respect the two women?

2. When they hear their names called, why do the women agree that there is no use in trying to hide?

3. Why had Daagoo been surprised that no one had ever silenced the two old women when they lived together?

4. What methods do the women use to protect themselves from mosquitoes?

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

6. What does Sa' notice about the hunters during their first conversation?

7. Why does Daagoo smile with admiration when he sees the two women?

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

9. What does Shruh Zhuu do with the two old women each day?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In even the smallest groups, such as families, political structures must exist. In your essay, explain the political structure by which decisions are made and power is allocated within The People.

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

At the beginning of the story, the old women thought themselves incapable of change. Their constant complaining had led them and those around them to believe that they were useless. Did the women bring about their own abandonment by the attitude they displayed over the years? Why or why not?

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