The Boy in the Painted Cave Questions
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The main character in Boy of the Painted Cave has a disability which he overcomes. According to the book, what was the attitude towards people with disabilities?
Tao is a bad footed orphan.
Why do you think the group treated those with physical disabilities so differently ?
Compare those ancient attitudes with the attitudes that the
people of today have toward the disabled. How are they the same and how are they different?
Tao, the main character in Boy of the Painted Cave, knows he can never become a "Chosen One" and paint freely. He knows the penalty for making images of animals. What is the penalty?
The penalty for making images of animals is death.
How does this knowledge affect Tao's pursuit of his dreams?
There are various taboos which act as the law of
the clan and the punishments for breaking taboos are severe. However, Tao and Graybeard knowingly break them and cover it up. Why do you think they risk so much?
How can you explain Tao and Graybeard's behaviors to risk death? Why don't Tao and Greybeard fear what
might happen to them, both from evil spirits and clan leaders?
At the beginning of the story, why wasn't Ram eating?
He had a bone stuck in his throat.
In Chapter 1, Tao attempts to trace what kind of animal?
When Tao first sees Ram, Ram is ______________
Scrawney and very weak
According to the laws of the clan, it is taboo to draw an image of____________
What did Tao help Ram do?
Remove a bone splinter from his jaw and throat, and saved his life. Then he feeds a scrawny looking mouse to Ram.
Who said this: "We will hunt like men, not like evil spirits."
What is the "evil spirit" shriek that Tao hears when he first visits the slough?
an evil owl
Who is Vedra of the Mountain People?
What character is always described as having "yellow eyes"?
Ram - he's a wolf dog and Volt thinks he's evil.
A cockle shell filled with animal fat is used in the story as _____________
What is Tao doing when he first meets Graybeard?
Hunting a deer in the slough
Tao takes Graybeard to his cave for the first time. Why does Graybeard try to erase Tao's art with dirt and soot?
Because they were painted where they might be seen
What does Graybeard constantly do that indicates he is sick?
What object does Graybeard show Tao that is supposedly "magic"?
A shining stone
What causes the wooly mammoths to attack Tao?
The woolys smell Tao's scent because he is downwind
Who saves Tao from the wooly mammoth?
Who wrote Boy of the Painted Cave?
How does Tao know when the time has come for him to have his lessons with Graybeard
Graybeard summons him with his shining stone
Which character said, "Ghost of evil. Scourge of demons. I will cut out your black heart!"?
What does Graybeard give to Tao?
his deerskin pouch
What does Tao use to save his life while being attacked by Saxon?
The shining stone
What problems or conflicts are presented in chapter one? Tao needing to find a rabbit is an obvious one; identify at least two more (not having anything to do with the rabbit!).
Tao entered the slough. Why was this a good idea? Why might this be a bad idea?
Describe Tao's mother. What are the qualities of her character? List 3 qualities.
Which two animals does Tao try to draw in chapter 5? Which was easier and why?
Graybeard realizes that Tao has broken two taboos of his clan. What are they? Which taboo doesn't he know about yet?
What aspects of Volt's character is Graybeard acknowledging?
What are the "mountains-that-walk" ?
Do you think Graybeard is a good teacher? Why?
Would you like to have been taught a skill by him? Why?
Which ingredients are used to make paint?
Why does Tao cross the river?
Do you think it was a good idea of Tao's to "show off" his dog's ability to hunt?
It might have been a good idea except that Ram got away too early and frightened away all the deer. Tao and Ram work together to get 2 eagle's eggs and they worked very well together, and Ram even saves Tao from the mammoths.
Why does Tao get kicked out of his tribe?
He needs to search for a rabbit. He lost the rabbit since he was drawing in the sand.
Who tells Tao about his mother?
Why is Volt angry at Ram?
Ram scared the deer away so Volt and the others cannot catch anything.
Who is Volt
The leader of the Valley People
Where is the forbidden land?
The slough as it's forbidden since they beleive that there are evil spirits.
Where does Tao go to paint?
The Hidden Cavern
What gift does Graybeard give Tao?
He teaches him everything about painting so that he can become a cave painter.
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