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. Who actually goes to the dinner?

2. Who does Uncas say are hiding in the woods?

3. After the men leave, what do Cora and Alice do?

4. Why does Heyward reprimand the Psalmist?

5. What does Heywood demand of Renard?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Discuss briefly the noise that is heard outside the cave.

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

6. After Hawkeye, Chingachgook, and Uncas leave to find help, what happens back near the cave?

7. Outline what Heyward tells Cora and Alice about their father while they hide in the cave behind the waterfall.

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

9. Explain what the Iroquois are really after.

10. What keeps the Iroquois (or Huron) from attacking the group at the blockhouse?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about why the French army did nothing during the massacre of the settlers leaving Fort Henry. Given what we know about Montcalm, explain why this inactivity seems out of character. Then conclude by referring to the French and Indian War which was an extension of the Seven Years War between France and England and the French problem of going against an ally.

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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