Moccasin Trail 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. Why does Jim take the letter from the man whom he paid to read it?

2. Why did Jonnie and his family decide to travel west?

3. Who comes to Jim and Tom's camp?

4. Which of the following is NOT an accurate description of Jonnie's feelings toward Jim at the reunion?

5. How does Jim feel about Sally calling him "James"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Daniel use Moki to help with his work?

2. Why does Jonnie need Jim's help?

3. Why does Jim leave the Indian tribe?

4. How do Jim's plans change in chapter two?

5. Why do you think Jonnie is defensive of Jim?

6. What do we learn about Jim in chapter two when he receives a letter from his family?

7. What are bourgeways, and what does Jim believe about them?

8. Why do you think Jim named his mule Bad Medicine?

9. How do Jonnie and Sally feel about Daniel going with Jim?

10. Describe Jim's occupation in chapter one and discuss why Jim feels it is time for a change.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of "medicine" is a theme woven throughout "Moccasin Trail". What Jim referring to when he uses the word "medicine"? Cite five examples of "medicine" from the story, and discuss Jim's beliefs about these.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss two of the following events and how they impacted characters' decisions and actions. Tell whether these events are important to the story, and how the story might have been different without them, and what, if any, changes they cause to characters. (The grizzly attack, Indians stealing the settlers' cattle, Tom's visit, Daniel's running away.)

Essay Topic 3

How do Jim's inner struggles relate to the struggles of young people in modern times? Site three modern examples of youth struggles and compare and contrast them to Jim's struggles in "Moccasin Trail".

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