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The Sign of the Beaver

The killing of the bear in Elizabeth George Speare's novel The Sign of the Beaver (1983) marks an important turning point in the story. Before this, the young boys Matt and Attean, though friends,...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019, 5:29 am (UTC)

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The deeper that Matt delves into Robinson Crusoe the more he comes to realize that about the only thing that he and the lead character of the book have in common is that they are both trapped in an...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2018, 8:29 am (UTC)

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In chapter 2 of The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, we learn that one of those few words of wisdom Matt’s father had been so keen on giving him had been on the subject of Indians. He...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019, 2:36 pm (UTC)

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Much to his astonishment, Matt finds himself missing Attean, which is something of a surprise given the many racist preconceptions about Native Americans that Matt has inherited from his father....

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019, 6:00 am (UTC)

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Mathematics or math in short is a belief system. Though it has seemingly sound philosophical foundations and its constrained workings appear valid and helpful in almost every walk of life, its deep...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2009, 3:32 am (UTC)

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The test that Matt faces comes in Chapter Nineteen, which is when he is taken to Attean's village and joins in a series of different activities that are practised by Indians. One of these in...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012, 2:37 pm (UTC)

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When a stranger requests to spend the night at the cabin alone with Matt, he is justifiably uneasy. The thought crosses his mind to stay awake to protect the cabin and the family heirloom gun that...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016, 8:25 pm (UTC)

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Attean's grandmother changes her opinion about Matt because of the trouble he went through to save Attean's dog. Attean says, "My grandmother very surprise white boy go long way for Indian...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010, 4:07 am (UTC)

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Matt gets a good glimpse of Attean's village when the latter invites him to attend a bear feast. You can read all about this in chapter 16. The main difference between Attean's village and Matt's...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2019, 3:41 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter Five, Matt desperately wants some honey, but he remembers that his father had warned him to stay away from the bee tree before he left. Although he realizes that bees are 'better left...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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In The Sign of the Beaver, the main character, Matt, is visited by a beaver trapper by the name of Ben. Ben, a large and imposing figure, invites himself to dinner and Matt feels obliged to feed...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2015, 9:34 pm (UTC)

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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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I would argue that the first similarity showcased between the ways of the white people and the Native Americans is that both parties have a lot to learn. In the case of Matt, he needs to learn to...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2020, 9:36 pm (UTC)

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An examination of the first chapter will give you the answer that you are looking for. As the novel opens, we are told that Matt has just been left by his father in the middle of the forest to look...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2011, 8:41 pm (UTC)

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Matt played a key role in killing the bear that was the reason for the feast. As Matt and Attean walked through the wilderness, Matt carried a rabbit he had killed. When the bear charged them, Matt...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 5:46 am (UTC)

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Matt had just two books in the cabin with him. He and his father had moved to the wilderness to build a cabin for the family. There had not been room for anything more than the necessities and a...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 1:57 am (UTC)

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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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This is an interesting question to consider, because actually this excellent novel seems to stress the way that Matt, at the beginning of this story at least, is not actually that resourceful at...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2011, 6:35 pm (UTC)

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I believe the action you are referring to is Saknis's treatment of Matt immediately after the bee attack. Matt, lying on the ground, was "too weak to struggle;" his skin "seemed to be on fire from...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010, 3:44 am (UTC)

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In Elizabeth George Speare’s novel The Sign of the Beaver (1983), Native American village leader Saknis makes a treaty with Matt that he will bring the white boy food in exchange for English...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 8:15 am (UTC)

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As in most stories, there are minor problems and also the main conflicts of the story. The minor problems Matt faced in the cabin right away are worth mentioning before getting to the first major...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 2:11 am (UTC)

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Basically, Matt made notches on a stick so that he could keep track of time. Matt's father had advised Matt to make seven notches on each stick and to begin looking for the rest of his family when...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016, 7:57 pm (UTC)

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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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In Chapter 16, Attean's village is having a feast, and he invites Matt to attend. Pleased that he will have an opportunity to savor bear meat, Matt consents to accompany Attean back to his...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2016, 7:46 pm (UTC)

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After disappearing for longer than usual, Attean reappeared at Matt's home. At first Matt was excited to see his friend but then realized that Attean had something serious on his mind. Attean then...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016, 9:15 pm (UTC)

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Matt has been left alone at his family's cabin in the Maine wilderness while his father returns to Massachusetts for his mother, sister and new baby sibling. Saknis, a Native American Indian who...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016, 8:00 pm (UTC)

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The difference between the signs was that one was more readily visible to the human eye than the other. While Matt's father carved deliberate symbols onto tree trunks to mark his way, Attean's...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2016, 3:07 pm (UTC)

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It's been a while since I read this book, but I'll give the question my best shot: As a settler, Matt is largely unaware of his new surroundings until Attean, like Squanto, shows him the ways of...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2008, 8:33 am (UTC)

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In the beginning of the story, Matt and Attean are forced into a relationship when Attean's grandfather, Saknis, makes a deal with Matt. He is to teach Attean the English language in return for the...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 1:29 am (UTC)

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Everything about Attean's dog's appearance seems somewhat less than impressive to Matt. The dog is just about the scruffiest, mangiest mutt Matt's ever seen. At first, the dog is more than a little...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019, 6:43 am (UTC)

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Matt attempted to harvest some honey from a beehive in a tree to supplement the provisions a bear ruined at the cabin. In doing so, he disturbed the hive and fell into the river, covered in bee...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 7:21 pm (UTC)

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Attean says that Matt moves quickly, like an Indian, to save them when they are confronted with a mother bear and her cub. This is very meaningful to Matt. Throughout approximately the first half...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016, 3:12 am (UTC)

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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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The Sign of the Beaver

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth Speare opens with the main character, Matt, guarding the cabin he built with his father. Matt's dad was leaving to go back to Massachusetts to bring his wife,...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2018, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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To sum it up: Matt throws a rabbit at the bear. One day when Matt and Attean are out hunting, Matt successfully uses his new bow and arrow to kill a rabbit. Heading toward the beaver dam, the boys...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019, 6:53 am (UTC)

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The Sign of the Beaver

Matt's father, Mr. Hallowell, has left his son alone on the family homestead in Maine while he goes back to Massachusetts to fetch his wife, daughter, and new baby. It's an onerous responsibility...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2021, 8:57 am (UTC)

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In chapter 12 of The Sign of the Beaver, Matt decides that he wants a bow like Attean's. He is impressed with Attean's skills at hunting and wants to be able to contribute himself. He has made bows...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2021, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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As Matt and Attean moved on from the student and teacher roles forced on them by Attean's grandfather, a friendship formed. At first, they had to be together so that Attean would learn English from...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 5:48 pm (UTC)

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The large river near Matt's family's cabin is the Penobscot River. There is actually a smaller river which runs closer to their new home as well, but it is unnamed. In 1768, parcels of land were...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010, 1:58 pm (UTC)

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In The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, Matt recalls how he and his father discover the bee tree. It is located near Loon Pond, and Matt mistakenly thinks that the bees he sees around...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2021, 8:52 pm (UTC)

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There are a number of reasons why Matt is feeling nervous as the winter months set in. For starters, his family is taking much longer to arrive than what his father had predicted, and Matt...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2021, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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Once Matt finished reading Attean Robinson Crusoe, he began to read to him from the only other book he had, the Bible. One of the biblical stories that Matt read to Attean was the story of Noah....

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 7:39 pm (UTC)

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Matt mistook Attean for a stranger the day he came to invite Matt to the feast at the village. Previously, Matt and Attean had been out hunting when Matt killed a rabbit. As they walked through the...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 2:46 am (UTC)

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Matt's day of fun at the Indian village after he saved Attean's dog from a trap, left him feeling as if he was finally accepted by Attean and his tribe. His grandmother was impressed he had saved...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 4:52 am (UTC)

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Hello! In The Sign Of The Beaver, Matt tells us that he thinks Attean's old dog is the sorriest-looking hound he has ever seen. When Matt first meets the dog, it lets out a mean growl at him. It is...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2015, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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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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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 chapters 13 to 15, the relationship between Matt and Attean begins to change. Up until this point, Attean has mostly been a reluctant recipient of Matt’s reading lessons at the request of...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016, 3:47 am (UTC)

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There are two instances in The Sign of the Beaver when Matt is startled by Attean's very different appearance. One was a happy moment and the change was mostly physical. The other was not a...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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Saknis would be a static character in The Sign of the Beaver. He can be seen as a static character because he is the face of cooperation and collaboration between the Whites and the Native...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2013, 3:59 pm (UTC)

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