The Sign of the Beaver Questions and Answers

The Sign of the Beaver

Matt and Attean are initially forced into a working relationship in chapter 6 when Attean's grandfather, Saknis, insists that Attean allow Matt to teach him English. Eventually their relationship...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 1:06 am (UTC)

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In The Sign of the Beaver, Matt ignores his father's advice to stay away from the beehive after having lost his rifle and living off of only fish and berries. Of course, this idea backfires, as he...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2018, 12:45 am (UTC)

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In describing the changes in the atmosphere as autumn approaches, the author says, "There (is) a chilliness inside (Matt) as well that neither the sun nor the fire ever quite reache(s). It...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2009, 3:21 am (UTC)

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After Attean and Saknis left the area to find a new location for the Indian village, Matt was all alone. It was winter, so much of the time he was inside. While he waited out the cold and his...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016, 7:29 pm (UTC)

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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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The manitou was a right of passage for the Indian boys of Attean's tribe. An Indian boy would go out into the wilderness to live, utilizing his survival skills and patiently waiting for his...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016, 2:38 am (UTC)

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In The Sign of the Beaver, the author Elizabeth George Speare leaves that an unanswered question. When Matt is finally reunited with his family, he notices how frail his mother is. She explains...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2015, 9:24 pm (UTC)

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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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The Sign of the Beaver

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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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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Matt's father has left him all alone in the Maine log cabin they have recently built together. He is going to head back home to Massachusetts to fetch Matt's sister, his mother, and the new baby....

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018, 5:24 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 12 of The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, Matt decides that he will make himself a bow and some arrows so that he might be able to shoot a duck like Attean does. Matt is...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2021, 11:16 pm (UTC)

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The Sign of the Beaver

Elizabeth George Speare's historical novel The Sign of the Beaver tells the story of Matt James Hallowell. Matt is a thirteen-year-old boy who, along with his father, settles in America in the...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2020, 1:11 pm (UTC)

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While it is true that Attean's grandmother despises the "white man," she decides to treat Matt's hand after he hurts it trying to free a dog from a trap. There are several factors that worked...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016, 4:58 pm (UTC)

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Though the author does not give us an exact amount of time that has passed, we know that Matt has endured the loss of his rifle from a stranger to whom Matt extended kindness and shelter....

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016, 8:34 pm (UTC)

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The answer to your question comes in chapter 13, when Matt and Attean are in the woods and find a fox who has been caught in a leg trap, but is still alive. Attean points out the cruelty of the...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020, 7:56 am (UTC)

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In chapter 18 of The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, Matt is still waiting for his father's return. It is autumn and Matt is beginning to wonder if a tragedy has prevented or delayed...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2021, 3:48 am (UTC)

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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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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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In The Sign of the Beaver, Matt Hallowell is a boy who gets left alone in for months in the wilderness of 18th century Maine. While he is only twelve-going-on-thirteen years old, Matt has been...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2018, 11:15 pm (UTC)

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Matt thinks it's a compliment that Attean does not lead him back to the cabin because it's proof that he has earned Attean's respect. We must remember that Attean primarily treasures the masculine...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter One, Matt remembers how he helped his father cut down spruce trees to build their log cabin. He is especially proud when he recalls his efforts to haul, square, and notch the trees for...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016, 7:57 pm (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 chapter 19 of The Sign of the Beaver, Matt is invited to the village by Attean's grandmother. Initially, Matt's not exactly overjoyed at the news as he's certain that the old woman doesn't like...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2021, 11:56 am (UTC)

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