The Deerslayer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The men who emerge from the woods in the opening of the novel.

2. What disturbs Deerslayer about the chess pieces they find in the chest?

3. For what does Deerslayer prepare himself?

4. Why is Chingachgook coming to that area?

5. As Hetty wanders in the forest looking for the Iroquois, who finds her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Deerslayer is interrogated by Ravenoak?

2. What does Deerslayer believe is the significance to a cluster of bloody sticks he finds?

3. How do they bargain for the release of Hutter and Harry?

4. What happens to Harry and Hutter when they go ashore to find scalps?

5. What is the purpose of Chingachgook's expected arrival?

6. After they get the items back into the old chest, what upsets Deerslayer?

7. What items in the old chest particularly delight Deerslayer and Chingachgook?

8. Discuss the element of rumor in The Deerslayer.

9. How does Hetty manage to enter the Iroquois encampment?

10. Why does Deerslayer urge Hetty to leave the Iroquois camp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a recommendation for other people to read The Deerslayer Your recommendation may be based on how interesting you found the book or on the idea of its historical significance as written by the first great American novelist.

Essay Topic 2

Write about your fears if you lived in the time of The Deerslayer. Imagine you are there where there are bears, mountain lions, wolves and Native Indian tribes who are not all friendly. Be detailed about your feelings.

Essay Topic 3

Things that might not happen in real life but happen in a novel are true because the author says they are. Write how you feel about that. Do you find it easy to believe preposterous things like witchcraft and monsters just to enjoy a story? On the other hand, perhaps you do not really enjoy that kind of reading and prefer biographies and books of history. Explain yourself clearly.

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