In Two Worlds: A Yup'ik Eskimo Story

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The Yup’ik are found in northern Alaska. The story of Mary’s family shows us what an eskimo family lives like and how they adapt to fit the cold weather that most of us are afraid of. What can you recall from reading this book? Gove the quiz a try and find out.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A main idea in this story is
    • A. 

      In the summer, birds come to the area around Scammon Bay

    • B. 

      The Yup'ik Eskimos live in a new world but follow the old ways

    • C. 

      Mary Ann was born outside on the tundra

  • 2. 
    When she was growing up, Mary Ann's family provided light by burning
    • A. 

      Whale oil or kerosene

    • B. 

      Kerosene or seal oil

    • C. 

      Seal oil or fish oil

  • 3. 
    What were the tools of the early Yup'ik Eskimos made of?
    • A. 

      Their tools were made of stone, bone, or ivory

    • B. 

      Their tools were made of wood and steel

    • C. 

      They bought their tools.

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      The Yup'ik families heated their homes by burning firewood.

    • B. 

      The Yup'ik families heated their homes by burning acorns.

    • C. 

      The Yup'ik families heated their homes by burning brushwood.

  • 5. 
    What happened to the first seal Oscar killed?
    • A. 

      The seal was divided into circles and given to the old people

    • B. 

      The seal was sent back to the ocean to that the gods.

    • C. 

      The seal was eaten at a feast that evening.

  • 6. 
    What do Alice and Billy want their children to learn?
    • A. 

      Alice and Billy want their children to learn both "Outside" and Yup'ik ways.

    • B. 

      Alice and Billy want their children to learn just the "Outside" ways.

    • C. 

      Alice and Billy want their children to learn just the Yup'ik ways.

  • 7. 
    According to Billy, how are things changing in Alaska?
    • A. 

      Billy says that there are fewer Eskimos because they are leaving for better jobs.

    • B. 

      Billy says that things are more expensive and that people depend on having jobs.

    • C. 

      Billy says that there are more tourists in Alaska and less places to hunt.

  • 8. 
    Why does Billy make his children do their homework?
    • A. 

      Billy makes them do their homework, before they can go out and play.

    • B. 

      Billy wants his children not to be scolded by the teacher for not completing homework.

    • C. 

      Billy wants his children to be more educated than he is.

  • 9. 
    In many ways, the life of the Yup'ik Eskimos can be compared with
    • A. 

      Life in the future in America

    • B. 

      Life in a big city today

    • C. 

      Life in America long ago

  • 10. 
    The Yup'ik made intricate snares and nets and traps by hand. Intricate is the opposite of
    • A. 

      Simple

    • B. 

      Useful

    • C. 

      Strong

  • 11. 
    Mary Anne lived in an area that was secluded from other people. A secluded place is
    • A. 

      Found by

    • B. 

      Crowded

    • C. 

      Set apart

  • 12. 
    For the Yup'ik,  life was hard and precarious. Precarious is another word for
    • A. 

      Uninteresting

    • B. 

      Uncertain

    • C. 

      Unwilling

  • 13. 
    According to the Yup'ik Eskimos, no one owned the land or its resources. A resource is
    • A. 

      Something that can be used

    • B. 

      Something that costs a lot

    • C. 

      Something that lasts forever

  • 14. 
    The traditional way of sharing a boy's first catch is still carried on today. Traditional means
    • A. 

      Learned from strangers or newcomers

    • B. 

      Passed from one generation to the next

    • C. 

      Carried from one igloo to another