The Last of the Mohicans Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Leaving the safety of the thicket, what do they hear?

2. What do Heywood and his party not realize?

3. As the group journeys on after the battle with the Hurons, who leads them?

4. What does Montcalm want to know from his guest?

5. As what do the hunters identify Heywood's guide?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is David allowed to roam around unmolested by the Indians?

3. What does Cora manage to convince the men to do?

4. What happens to prevent the torture of the captives?

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

6. Explain how David Gamut is allowed to accompany Heyward, Alice, and Cora on the trip to Ft. Henry.

7. Explain what the Iroquois are really after.

8. How do the men locate the trail of the Iroquois in hopes of finding Cora and Alice?

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

10. What happens as they cross the lake in a canoe?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.]

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about how Cooper's use of different names for characters and Indian tribes in THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS affects the reading. In your opinion is it confusing? Does it require going back and re-reading certain sections of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on preconceptions in THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Although Cooper attempts to show nobility in the native American, define how only the ones friendly to the English come across as noble. In your opinion, how much actual research went into writing about the Huron, the Delaware, and the Mohicans. Include the fact that Cooper's novels were not only popular in America but they were also well received in Europe. To what extent does this novel contribute to public preconceptions about native Americans?

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