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What quick action by Saknis plays an important part in Matt's Recover?
Saknis removed the poisonous stingers immediately.
Why do you think Matt did not lie to Saknis as he did to Ben? (ch6)
Because he was grateful to him for helping him
Why does Saknis want Attean to learn to read?
Attean will be able to understand the white man's barganing papers and not sign away Indian hunting ground.
What was Matt's gift? Do you think this was an appropriate gift? (ch6)
The only book Matt had ever owned - a book, Robinson Crusoe. It was not appropriate because Saknis could not read.
How does Attean feel about his reading lessons with Matt?
He does not seem to like the lessons, but likes listening to Matt read.
Why does Atttean think Robinson Crusoe wasn't as smart as an Indian?
Indian don't need anything from the ship. Indians can make all things he needs.
Why did Matt think Attean was laughing at him? (ch6)
Because Matt was clumsy with the crutch Saknis brought him to use.
How did Matt feel about teaching reading? (ch7)
Matt did not think he was a good teacher and was not sure he could do it.
What is the reason for the oil that Attean spreads on his body and hair? (Ch7)
It was supposed to keep off the mosquitoes.
What was the problem that Matt discovered as he began teaching? (ch7)
it will take many months to teach Atten to read and Attean gets angry at this and angrily knocks the book off the table and storms out of the cabin.
What book does Matt read to Attean? Why does he skip sections of the book? (ch8)
Robinson Crusoe. He remembered that when he first read the book he found parts of it dull so he got on with the story to catch Attean's attention.
What part of Robinson Crusoe does Matt begin Attean's lesson on the the second day of reading classes? (Ch8)
Crusoe is tossed from a lifeboat into the rough sea. Though Attean seems uninterested, he does ask if Robinson gets out. When told that Crusoe is the only one who survives, the boy seems satisfied, but he leaves the cabin abruptly. The lessons are over once again
What is it that Attean had to find before he could teach hunting to Matt? (Ch9)
A black spruce tree root.
What are 3 things that Matt learns from Attean in chapters 5-10?
Make a snare, whittle a fishhook, and start a fire with flint
What did Attean show Matt to make? Why did he show Matt about them? (ch10)
Hooks from twigs; because the hook would turn around inside the fish and the fish would not get away and Matt would never have to worry about losing a hook, he could make a new one wherever he was
How did Attean cook the fish? (ch10)
He cut two short branches, sharpened them, then he stuck the fish on the stick from head to tail. He put a small green stick inside the fish to keep the sides apart and they cooked them over a fire.
Why does Matt need to learn to find his way around in the forest? (ch11)
so that he doesn't get lost
Why does Matt not trust Attean's dog? (ch11)
Because he thinks the dog does not like him; when the dog first saw Matt, it growled at him; the dog kept watchin him and kept its distance
What causes Attean's dog to have such a strange nose? (ch11)
The dog had chased a porcupine and got needles all over his nose.
Why is the sign of the beaver so important to Attean and his tribe? (ch11)
It indicates that this is the hunting territory
of the Beaver clan and no other clan can
How does Attean find his way around in the forest? (ch11)
Attean left markers or signs (breaking a branch, leaving a stone); nothing that would make sense to someone following them.
How did Attean cheer up Matt at the end of chapter 11? (ch11)
Attean sliced off 2 gobs of dried sap from a spruce and gave Matt one slice as a peace offering.
What was wrong with the bow that Matt made? (ch12)
The bow was made with the wrong kind of wood and the arrows did not fly straight or flopped on the ground a few feet away.
Describe how Attean made the bow and arrow? (ch12)
Attean found a dead branch of ash and cut a piece Attean's height. He then had Matt take off the bark. Attean then marked off several inches in the center where Matt's hand would grip the bow and showed Matt where to cut the branch using a stone. Attean then used oil and rubbed the oil from one end of the bow to the other until the wood glistened. Attean then use long strands of spruce root to make the bowstring by rolling the strands together. The he tied one end to a notch in the bow and began to bend the wood until it started to bend and he slipped the other end of the bowstring over the notch at the other end.
Why wouldn't Attean free the trapped animal? (ch13)
The fox is on clearly marked Turtle clan territory, he explains, and a member of the Beaver clan cannot hunt there.
Describe Matt's daydream. (ch13)
Matt would make up stories in which Matt and not Attean was the hero. He would kill a bear or a panther by himself or fend off a rattlesnake. Or he would learn about an enemy ban of Indians out to attack the place where Attean was sleeping and Matt would run through the woods and give the alarm in time.
Name 5 different things that Attean taught Matt how to do. (ch13)
1. make a bow and arrow
2. Attean pointed out plants he must never eat.
3. How to make a rain cape by punching a hole through the center of a wide strip of birchbark
4. how to use plants for cooking
5. How to use the milky juice in the stem of a small orange flower to take away the stind of insect bits or poison ivy.
Why does Matt decide to share Bible stores? (ch 14)`
Because they were filled with adventure and told in simple language that did not need skipping.
Who was Gluskabe? (ch14)
A mighty hunter from the norty. Very strong; makes wind blow and thunder; makes all animals; makes Indians.
How is Matt's Bible story similar to Atten's story? (ch 14)
Matt tells the store of Noah and the Ark. Attean has a similar story about a flood. Gluskabeis the mighty hunder who made the wind, thunder, animals, and Indians. The Indian version of the flood involves an Indian and three ducks.
Retell the day of the greatest adventure. (ch15)
Attean and Matt decided to visit the beaver dam again. They ran into a bear cub and its mother. Matt was carrying a rabbit he killed with his bow and arrow. Matt threw the rabbit at the bear and hit the bear on the nose. The bear was distracted for a moment. Attean shot the bear with his bow and arrow between the eyes and then again in the shoulder. The bear fell to the ground and Attean stabbed the bear with his knife.
Why did Attean ask for the bear's forgiveness? (ch 15)
Because the Indian did not kill mother bears with cubs.
What is Matt's role in the killing of the bear? (ch 15)
Matt swings the dead rabbit at the angry bear's face, giving Attean just enought time to point and shoot an arrow at the bear.
What are the roles of men and women in Attean's tribe?
Men hunt. Women tend the garden and cook the food.
Why did Matt feel resentful?
Because he felt that it must be nice for Attean to just hunt and fish all day long and not have any work to do.
Describe the Indians' celebration honoring Attean's bear kill. (ch 16)
The Indians were dressed in their finest clothing. There was dancing, feasting, joking, storytelling, and an overall good feeling.
What was different about Attean when he came to get Matt? (ch 16)
Attean had washed his body and it shone with fresh grease. Attean had combed his hair and down his cheeks on either side and on his forehead he had streaks of blue and white paint.
Why did Attean come for Matt? (ch 16)
To take him to a feast at this village made by the squaws with the bear.
What was Saknis wearing at the feast? (ch 16)
Saknis was wearing a long red coat decorated by a handsome beaded collar and metal armbands. A crown of feathers rose from the beaded band sround his forehead.
As the men gathered in a circle, what did Attean do? (ch 16)
Attean began to tell them about Matt and Attean's adventure with the bear.
What happened to Matt as he caught on to the dancing? (ch 16)
Matt's confidence swelled and he was filled with excitement and happiness.
What was Attean doing when Matt was eating the bear meat? (ch 16)
Attean was sitting next to Matt eating nothing.
Why was Attean not eating? (ch 16)
Because Attean killed the bear and though that if he ate the bear he might not get another bear.
Explain the differences in attitudes of Attean's grandfather and grandmother toward white men. (ch17)
Attean's grandmother hates all white men, because her daughter was killed by white men for no reason when Attean was a small child.
What does Matt notice on his way home from the village? (ch 17)
Matt notices many signs of the beaver, and he realizes that he could easily find his way back to the clan's village one day.
Why did Attean not go hunting with the other men? (ch 17)
Attean did not go with the men because he did not have a gun.
How did Attean's grandmother feel about white men? (ch 17)
Attean's grandmother hates all white men.
What happened to Attean's father and mother? (ch17)
Attean's mother, was killed by white men for no reason. Attean's father went out to find his wife's killers and never returned.
What did Attean's grandfather say about white men? (ch 17)
Attean's grandfather said that the Indians must learn to live with the white man.
What did Matt decide to do about the trapped animal? (ch18)
First tries to free it and then goes to get help by the grandmother
What did Attean's dog do when Matt tried to rescue him? (ch 18)
The dog snapped at Matt and he scraped his hand on the trap.
Describe Attean's grandmother. (ch18)
She doesn't understand English and she hates Matt because he is white
When Matt and Marie found the dog, what did she do to help? (ch 18)
She gave the dog the meat, unfolded the blanket, and threw it over the dog's head and held the dog.
Why did Attean's grandmother change her mind about Matt? (ch19)
The grandmother was impressed that Matt went to so much trouble for Attean's dog
How do we know that Attean's grandmother now thought Matt was OK? (ch 19)
Because she sent Attean to find Matt to invite him back to the village to eat.
What did the dog do when they all got into the canoe? (ch 19)
The dog jumped into the canoe and settled down a few inches from Matt's knees.
What did Matt do to the dog? (ch 19)
Matt put his hand on the dog's back and scratched the dog behind the ragged ear.
What did Attean say about the way the dog was behaving? (ch 19)
That the dog remembered what Matt did for him when Matt released him from the trap.
Why does Matt no longer feel alone in the forest? (ch 19)
Matt is beginning to feel accepted by the Indians. Matt feels that he has been accepted by the Beaver clan, and he is finally respected by Attean. He has friends, and he can make his own way in the wilderness.
Describe Attean's appearance after he became a man. (ch20-21)
His head is shave and he is carrying a rifle
Why would Matt not go live with the Indians? (ch21)
Matt's loyalty to his family wins out, and he decides to stay
What gift did Attean give to Matt? Why do you think he gave this gift to Matt?(ch21)
As a parting gift, Attean gives Matt his beloved old dog, a geasbnfsrhis "white brother." It is his most precious gift.
When Matt is bringing in wood, who is the second person from his family that he sees? (Ch25)
his sister Sarah darts out from behind his Dad
Does Matt's family make it to the cabin in time for Christmas?
They had all been sick with typhus (a very nasty disease that we don't often get any more, thanks to vaccinations... needles), and were not able to come to Maine as soon as they thought they would. But they do get there before Christmas, because Matt's mother didn't want him to be alone.
In the summer months, how did Matt get water to the corn field?
he carried the water in buckets up to the field from the river
what made Matt feel good about after he and Attean had killed the bear?
Attean said that Matt had move fast "like an Indian"
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