The Kentucky Cycle Short Essay - Answer Key

Robert Schenkkan
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Explain the significance of the fact that Earl Tod speaks Cherokee in Play One, Masters of the Trade, when he first hears someone approaching him from the woods.

The significance of the fact that Earl Tod speaks Cherokee in Play One, Masters of the Trade, when he first hears someone approaching him from the woods is that it indicates Tod is expecting Cherokee visitors rather than white visitors. Tod's use of Cherokee tells Michael Rowen that Tod plans to meet Indians in the woods which means Tod must be the one selling guns to the Cherokee.

2. What does the infected blanket Michael Rowen gives the Indians in Play One, Masters of the Trade, symbolize?

The infected blanket Michael Rowen gives the Indians in Play One, Masters of the Trade, symbolizes the fact that white men introduce diseases like smallpox to Native American tribes, killing thousands of Indians without firing a single bullet. The blanket also symbolizes the destruction of the individual Cherokee tribe to which Michael Rowen gives it.

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