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

2. At the reunion, what does Sally tell Jim he should have done?

3. In the first four chapters, Jim is at a crossroads in his life. Which of the following paths does he NOT take into consideration before deciding where he would go next?

4. Jim only has one beaver in his traps. What is most likely the reason for this?

5. Where does Jim plan to go to have a letter read?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do Jim and Daniel have to drive the animals through a pass?

3. How does the group plan to travel down the Columbia river?

4. Discuss Jim's bear claw necklace.

5. Why does Jim leave the Indian tribe?

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. How do Sally and Jonnie feel about Jim's physical appearance?

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

10. Why does Jonnie need Jim's help?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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".

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Jonnie's character development. Why is he disappointed by Jim's Indian appearance, yet defensive when Sally berates Jim for his Indian braids? Does he do a good job leading and protecting his family? Cite examples of his leadership, or lack thereof. How does he change throughout the book and why?

Essay Topic 3

Jim learns several skills from his time with the Indians and in the wilderness. Discuss two of Jim's skills and how they are used to further the plot or provide important interactions between characters.

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