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In The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, does Attean ever learn how to read?

Although Attean does learn some English words from Matt, he never becomes fully fluent in reading English. In Chapter 22, Attean invites Matt to go with his people when they leave for new hunting...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2016 7:56 pm UTC

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How did the grandmother react to Matt's sudden visit to the Indian village and why?

The first time Matt went to the Indian village was shortly after he and Attean killed the bear. The village was having a feast to celebrate the bear kill. Saknis gave Attean permission to invite...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016 5:18 pm UTC

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What would be a limerick poem about Matt in chapter 9 of The Sign of the Beaver.

Part of the major focus of Chapter 9 is the growing relationship between Matt and Attean. Since the reference of this lies from Matt's point of view, it might be effective to detail a limerick...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2013 2:59 pm UTC

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Why is Matt forced to think differently about things after working with Attean?

Matt's experiences of living and working alongside Attean have changed his whole outlook on life. Before meeting him, he didn't really know anything about Native American culture. He harbored the...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 8:45 am UTC

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What quick action by Saknis plays an instrumental part in Matt's recovery?

Saknis removes Matt from the vicinity of the bee tree. Then, he scrapes away the remaining stingers embedded in Matt's skin. These stingers still release poison even though the bee is dead and...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2010 12:06 am UTC

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In "The Sign of the Beaver" by Elizabeth George Speare, what is Matt's response when invited by Saknis and Attean to...

When invited by Saknis and Attean to join them on the hunt, Matt is initially ecstatic. If he joins them on the hunt, he will not need to spend the long winter by himself. However, Matt soon...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016 7:41 pm UTC

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How did Matt’s ability to survive change in The Sign of the Beaver?

In Elizabeth George Speare's novel The Sign of the Beaver, the main character, Matt Hallowell, is left to live on his own in the wilderness for several weeks. Set in the rural woods of Maine in the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 3:13 pm UTC

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In The Sign of the Beaver, what do you think Matt means when he says, "the cold was in the inside?" Matt is worrying...

Matt is aware that August has long since passed, and much of September as well. His father had been supposed to be back with the family over a month ago, but there is still no sign of him. The...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2010 4:41 am UTC

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What words and phrases does the author use to describe Matt in The Sign of the Beaver?

Authors help readers understand their characters in two different ways: direct characterization and indirect characterization. When an author uses words and phrases that describe a character, it's...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2019 5:18 pm UTC

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As Matt and Attean walked through the Indian village the morning after the celebration, Matt had many questions he...

As Matt and Attean walk out of Attean’s village the morning after their bear-hunt celebration, Matt is overcome by curiosity about life in the village. Attean's village, at one level, represents...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020 12:46 pm UTC

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What was the first time that Matt got to see the Indian village? 

Matt sees the Indian village for the first time after he and Attean manage to kill a bear together. He is invited for a feast of the bear meat at Attean's village. The invitation might not have...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016 6:57 pm UTC

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When Matt returns from getting food, someone has broken into the cabin. How do you know it is not Ben? Who was it?

The two students who answered above are correct. Matt hadn't closed the door properly, and a bear broke into the cabin to scavenge for any food that he could find. Ben would have taken things he...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2010 12:12 am UTC

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What food does Matt's mother persuade Matt and his father to take with them on their trip to Maine territory?

It was molasses! Matt's mother, knowing how fond he was of molasses, persuaded him and his father to carry a little keg of it "all the way to Maine when his father would rather have gone...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007 4:36 am UTC

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In Chapter 2 of The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, why does the quiet bother Matt?

The quiet bothers Matt because he has no one to talk to and to keep company with. In Chapter 2, Matt is a little downcast after his father leaves for Massachusetts. The only way he can keep busy is...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016 8:31 pm UTC

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In The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, what does a beaver slapping its tail on the water sound like to...

In Chapter 11, Matt comes across a beaver dam on an outing with Attean. When Matt steps closer to take a look at what Attean calls a "beaver wigwam," he is shocked to hear the sound of a rifle...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016 8:19 pm UTC

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How did Matt change from a boy to a man in The Sign of the Beaver?

Matt's change from a boy to a man was essentially inevitable, considering the situation that his father left him in. Matt is left entirely on his own in a wilderness scenario far longer than...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2019 2:56 pm UTC

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What is Matt's largest challenge in The Sign of the Beaver?

Matt must learn to provide for himself during his father's extended absence. In addition, he must do his best to prepare the homestead for the presence of his family while caring for the family...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2008 12:41 pm UTC

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What are the five most important things that happen in the book The Sign of the Beaver?

I believe that the five most important incidents in the story The Sign of the Beaver include the following - Matt is left alone to take care of the family's settlement in Maine Territory while his...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010 1:42 pm UTC

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How did Matt know Attean did not want to learn to read?

Saknis, Attean's grandfather, pressures him to be taught to read by formulating a treaty with Matt. The Indians will give Matt meat and nourishment if Matt coaches Attean to read English. From the...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2019 12:04 am UTC

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Why does Matt's father tell him to cut notches on sticks?

Matt's father and sibling have to leave him. His father tells him to make notches on a stick in order to keep track of the length of time they have been apart. He tells him to mark seven notches...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2009 7:16 am UTC

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What are Sabbath Houses? Why does their existence cause Kit to be dismayed?

One Sunday, as Kit and Judith are walking back home from church, they pass a row of tiny houses. Kit asks Judith what they are. Judith tells her that they're Sabbath houses, places where members of...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019 5:56 am UTC

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What is the rising action of The Sign of the Beaver?

In The Sign of the Beaver, the rising action begins when Matt Hallowell is returning home from dinner with Attean's tribe. He hears the whining of an animal in pain and finds that Attean's dog has...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 1:25 pm UTC

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What author quotes and page numbers describe the scene of Matt being at the Indian village in Chapter 16? What author...

In describing the Indian village in Chapter 16, the author first gives Matt's initial impression upon arriving. Matt saw "an open space filled with smoke and moving shadows and wavering patches of...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2010 2:57 am UTC

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