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

2. How is Heyward nearly wounded?

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

4. What is it that Hawkeye fears?

5. What does Heyward do with the wounded David Gamut?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the evidence that Cora and Alice have survived?

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

5. What does Col. Munro say after he reads the letter intercepted from Gen. Webb and arranges the surrender with the French general?

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

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

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

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

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

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 ironic twists in literature. In your essay discuss how Uncas is introduced in the beginning as the last of the Mohicans when, in fact, it does not turn out that way in the end. Express your opinion about how irony enhances interest in a well told tale.

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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