Incident at Hawk's Hill Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the way in which William and Esther MacDonald planned to find the site for their farm.

The MacDonalds knew they wanted to settle in the Winnipeg area, and thought that they would know the perfect site when they found it.

2. As the book opens, how does the author describe William MacDonald?

William MacDonald is tall and his face is Indian-like, though he is not actually Native American. His hands are callused from hard work and he exudes a quiet strength.

3. In the prologue, how is Esther MacDonald described?

Esther is intelligent and strong, slightly shorter than her husband, and very pretty. The author states that if Esther felt any fear of what lies ahead of the couple, she shows no signs of that fear.

4. What occurrence leads the MacDonalds to name the site for the new farm?

While the MacDonalds are standing and observing the land, a red-tailed hawk flies overhead. The author indicates that this is the moment in which the MacDonalds make their decision to farm this particular plot of land, and so they name the site Hawk's Hill.

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