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

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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 father returns to Massachusetts to bring back his mother and siblings.
  • The Indian Saknis rescues Matt when the boy is attacked by a horde of angry bees. Saknis provides for Matt until he is well, and in return, asks Matt to teach his grandson Attean to read.
  • Matt and Attean kill an angry bear together. Until that time, the two boys did not get along very well, but after that, they develop a mutual respect; Matt is invited to Attean's village by Saknis to celebrate.
  • Attean finds his manitou, which allows him to take his place as a man in his tribe.
  • Saknis and Attean invite Matt to accompany the tribe when they leave the area in the winter, but Matt, remaining loyal to the promise he made to his father, politely refuses. Matt's act earns him the unqualified respect of the Indians, who understand the courage and integrity required by the boy in making the decision.