The Last of the Mohicans 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. What does Montcalm want to know from his guest?

2. What is the secret place where Hawkeye, Chingachgook and Uncas take the major and the Munro girls?

3. What is Hawkeye's problem during the battle?

4. How is Heyward nearly wounded?

5. What is one of the rewards Heyward promises Renard if he helps them?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Heyward, Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook attempt to capture Magua after they learn that he has betrayed Heyward and the girls?

2. What are some of the problems the group faces as they battle the Iroquois?

3. Relate how Chingachgook explains why the Mohicans were finally unable to beat back the Iroquois.

4. What are the arguments Heyward uses to try and get Magua to side with the captives?

5. What does Cora learn about Magua's early history?

6. What saves Uncas from torture and death in the Delaware camp?

7. Why does Magua take Alice and not Cora when he leaves the Delaware village?

8. How does Chingachgook turn out to be the last of the Mohicans?

9. Why does following the horses end in disappointment for the hunters?

10. How are Cora and Uncas honored in death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about William Penn, called Minquoin by the Delaware. In your essay discuss how his dealings with the American Indians were different from those of other white settlers. Explain how our history might have been much different if Penn's approach had been the rule rather than the exception.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the literary glamorization of the American Indian. Use examples of Cooper's descriptions of Indian customs that extol a high ethical standard. Include the representations of Indian bravery as a prerequisite to manhood.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the power of fiction to influence public opinion. Use Cooper's novel to speculate how it might have enhanced prejudice against native Americans. Include the fact that at the time Cooper's novels were being published, there was a serious push to displace native Americans to reservations and land areas that no one else wanted. Gen. George Custer was born 10 years after the publication of THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. [Note: this essay is entirely different from the preceding one.]

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