Drums of Autumn Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Diana Gabaldon
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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. Why does Jamie send Duncan to Mount Helicon?

2. What does the red of a strawberry represent in Scottish lore?

3. Who is Nacognaweto?

4. Who created Roger's family tree?

5. Why does Roger take Brianna to Christmas Eve church services in Chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does Jocasta want Jamie to fill at River Run?

2. Why do Jamie and Claire choose the site in the mountains on which they plan to make their home?

3. Roger Wakefield takes Brianna to a Celtic Festival. What is a Celtic Festival and why does Brianna react so poorly to the festival?

4. Why have Jamie and Claire come to witness a hanging?

5. Who is Jocasta Cameron and what is manufactured on her plantation, River Run?

6. Why has Farquard Campbell been called to River Run?

7. Why is Roger cleaning out his father's house?

8. Who comes to visit Jamie at Fraser's Ridge? What is significant about the child this visitor brings with him?

9. What do Jamie and William find when they arrive at the Indian village?

10. What are Claire and Jamie looking for as they separate from their friends in the mountains?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Jamie sell Roger to the Indians? Was this a common practice in Jamie's time? What were the Indians to do with Roger? How does Roger react to this situation? Why does Roger not escape? Why do the Indians sell Roger to the Mohawks? What do the Mohawks do to Roger? Who is Alexandre? Why do the Indians hate Alexandre? Why do they decide to put him to death? How does his death change the way the Mohawks view Roger?

Essay Topic 2

What is a shaman? Who is the shaman who comes to visit Claire? What does this shaman give to Claire to help her protect herself and her people? What happens to the shaman? What does Claire take that is supposed to keep the shaman's spirit with her always? Does it? Do shaman have special healing powers? Does Claire use these powers to help people? Is Claire a shaman?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following character traits as it relates to all the main characters:

1) Motivation

2) Growth or lack thereof

3) Traits, such as selfishness, selflessness, compassion.

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