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. How does Cooper describe the setting of the novel?

2. Who is the Indian waiting with the European?

3. What saves them from the Frenchman who discovers them?

4. Who prevents Cora from being scalped?

5. What do they use over the entrance to the back of the cave?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain why Hawkeye and Chingachgook dissuade Heyward from going after the wounded Magua.

3. What do the French do with the captured Hawkeye?

4. What does Col. Munro try to determine about Heyward's preference for Alice as a future wife?

5. What takes place after the slaughter of the refugees from Fort Henry?

6. What news is in the letter Hawkeye delivers to Gen. Munro?

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

8. How do Heyward, David, Cora, and Alice almost escape unnoticed by the Iroquois?

9. Describe where the group stops to rest as they continue on to Fort Henry.

10. Tell what happens when the hiding place is spotted by the Iroquois.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on how literary fiction influences popular thought. Keeping in mind that THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS was published in the 1800s, explain how it may have contributed to conventional wisdom about the habits of native Americans.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about stereotypes used to describe the American Indian. In you essay cite references in THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS as examples of stereotypes. Discuss how particulars often become generalizations about entire ethnic groups.

Essay Topic 3

Do some research about James Fenimore Cooper and discuss his use of actual people and events in his writing. [Note: a good research source is WILLIAM COOPER'S TOWN by Alan Taylor] Write your essay about how realistic the characters are. Give your impressions about Cooper's knowledge of the American Indian.

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