Touching Spirit Bear Questions Ch 1-5
1. Why is Cole Matthews banished to live alone on an island in Southeast Alaska for one year?
Cole is banished to the island for his own protection. Peter Driscal has vowed to get revenge
Because Cole is a Tlingit Indian, court officials are allowing the Native American method of justice
Cole abuses drugs and alcohol. Banishment is an effective way to help him stop
Cole robbed a store and nearly beat Peter Driscal to death. Banishment is the only alternative to jail.
2. Why doesn’t Cole trust Garvey, his parole officer?
Cole thinks Garvey is odd and can’t relate to teenagers, so Cole is wary of him.
Garvey does not fear Cole, and Cole doesn’t trust people who aren’t afraid of him
Cole doesn’t trust anyone in the criminal justice system.
Cole is prejudiced against Native Americans. Garvey is a Tlingit Indian, so Cole doesn’t trust him.
3. Cole has a habit of blaming others for his mistakes. Which of the following is an example of this behavior from the text?
Cole tells Edwin “everything is determined by fate anyway, so no one really makes his own choices in life"
Cole says Garvey is responsible for “getting [him] stuck on this lousy island.”
Cole believes that if Peter had learned to fight back, he wouldn’t have been hurt so badly.
Cole believes that his mother’s abusiveness toward him makes him want to lash out at others.
4. What is one of the first signs that Cole does not plan to honor his commitment to stay on the island fora year?
The statement, “If these fossils really thought he was going to live in that shack, they were nuts,” implies that Cole intends to leave the island.
When they approach the island in the skiff, Cole tells Garvey that he “has no intention of staying on the island."
Even as the Circle Justice leaders are deciding whether to send him to the island, Cole thinks of several possible ways to escape.
Before Cole leaves for Alaska, he calls a friend makes clear that he will be back “sooner than anyone thinks."
5. Living alone on an island off the coast of Alaska can be very dangerous. How does Edwin try to convince Cole of both the danger and Cole’s personal responsibility for survival?
Edwin says, “The animals on this island are not responsible for your survival; you determine whether you live or die.”
Edwin says, “Do what you want, but, if you want to survive, think about the consequences of your actions."
Edwin says, “If you eat, you live. If not, you’ll die. This land can provide for you or kill you.”
Edwin says, “Nothing on this island cares if you live or die. If you work at surviving, you might succeed."
6. According to Edwin, what can be learned from the animals on the island?
The island animals demonstrate the law of survival of the fittest. Cole will have to be strong to survive in the wild.
The animals on the island can teach Cole how nature intended animals and humans to interact with each other.
Edwin tells Cole that he can learn the survival skills he needs by carefully watching the animals on the island.
Patience, gentleness, strength, and honesty can be learned from observing the behavior of the animals.
7. Cole is very good at manipulation. Which of the following is an example from Chapter 2 that shows how Cole manipulates people?
Cole lies to the committee members when he says, “Hurting Peter made me think a lot...if I could change places with him, I would."
Cole assures Garvey that he will certainly make the best of the situation and do all he can to make everyone proud of him.
Cole tries to divide Garvey and Edwin by telling each of them lies concerning what one says about the other.
While in jail, Cole pretends to be the model student, but he actually pays another inmate to do his schoolwork for him.
8. Why does Cole burn down the shelter Edwin had made for him?
Cole is so confident in his ability to live off of the land with no shelter and no supplies that he burns the cabin down.
Cole doesn’t mean to burn it down, but in a frenzy of rage, he knocks over the lantern, and a spark starts a fire.
Cole burns down the shelter to get back at Edwin for making him wear his clothes inside out.
Cole becomes enraged, and, because he is unable to control his temper, he foolishly destroys the shelter.
9. When Garvey asks Cole what he doesn’t like about his life, Cole’s answers reveal that his parents are abusive and neglectful. Which of the following is NOT an example of his parents’ behavior?
Cole’s father beats him and is verbally abusive.
Cole’s mother mocks and berates him.
They drink too much.
They show no interest in him or his school activities.
10. Which of the following are NOT ingredients in Cole’s life cake?
drug abuse and foster parents
neglect and being beaten
loneliness and abuse
being teased and getting arrested
11. Cole plans to swim from island to island until he finds a passing boat to take him to the mainland. What happens when he tries to carry out his plan?
When Cole swims past the breakers, he sees a shark fin in the distance, and he quickly swims back to shore.
Cole exhausts himself, getting nowhere against the incoming tide, and he floats back in to shore.
As Cole starts to swim, he realizes how impossible his plan really is, and he heads back to shore.
Cole thinks he’s swimming to the next island, but he is actually swimming in a circle and ends up
where he started.
12. As he rests on the coals, what strong and haunting realization scares Cole more than anything else?
Cole realizes he might never see his home or his family again.
Cole realizes he is totally alone with himself.
Cole realizes he doesn’t have the strength to move if the coals catch fire.
Cole realizes he is totally defenseless against the elements of nature.
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