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. After the bargaining is finished, what happens?

2. What convinces Deerslayer that the chess pieces are not idols?

3. Who shows up in the Iroquois camp to plead for Deerslayer's life?

4. What is Deerslayer's problem that makes him uncomfortable around Judith?

5. How do Hutter, March, and Deerslayer secure Muskrat Castle on the island in the middle of the lake?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the element of rumor in The Deerslayer.

2. Discuss Tom Hutter's racial prejudices as Harry March and Deerslayer arrive.

3. What relationship develops between Judith and Deerslayer?

4. What do they find when they reach the Iroquois encampment to recapture Wah-ta-Wah?

5. What action does Deerslayer take that allows Chingachgook and Wah-ta-Wah to escape?

6. What action does Hetty take that points to her mental deficiency?

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

8. What are the circumstances when Chingachgook and Deerslayer locate the Iroquois camp?

9. Explain how Deerslayer is given the nickname, Hawkeye.

10. After they take the Ark back to Muskrat Castle, how do they propose to keep the Iroquois from attacking them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write your idea of living in a large house on an island in the middle of a lake. Cover such questions as (1) why you would put your house there, (2) what the house would look like, and (3) how you would travel to the lake shore.

Essay Topic 2

Describe in detail the good and bad points of Thomas Hutter. It is often observed that no one is either all good or all bad. Thomas Hutter had both qualities which Cooper brings out in the novel. Describe those qualities by using passages from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Write about a time when you discovered something in an old chest or in an attic. At some time in your life, you probably came across an old chest or storage boxes and found interesting things. Speculate about what everything was or what it tells about the person who put them there. If you have never had this experience, write a story about doing this and let your imagination run wild.

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