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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. What is one precaution Charles takes to ward off search parties?
2. What is the meaning of the alias the kidnapper has chosen?
3. What happened to Charles's sister?
4. What does David do that Charles says won't work in Section 5?
5. What is the alias of the kidnapper?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think Katsuk feels so bad about killing David after it is over? Why do you think he went through with the sacrifice in the first place?
2. Describe the fishing incident and what it says about Katsuk and David's developing relationship. What might this mean for David's future?
3. Katsuk seems devastated by what he has done when he finally kills David, but he has fulfilled his mission. Do you think Katsuk's madness would have been abated had he not killed David? Do you think it will be now that he has killed David? Why or why not?
4. As Katsuk grows more insane with each passing day, what happens to David's spirit, attitude, and personality as a result?
5. After the storm, what happened at Katsuk's relatives' camp? Why do the relatives feel this happened? What do they give Katsuk as a peace offering?
6. What are the events in Section 3 that lead to David finally realizing that he is in danger?
7. Katsuk is longing for a sign from the spirits. How does he feel about David's spirit dream? Why? What does Katsuk take as a sign, and what does he do once he has received that sign?
8. What is the purpose of the author including the anthropologist and his analysis of Charles?
9. Even though he is under intense stress and pressure, what does David do in Section 5 that gives a reader a picture of how he is handling his kidnapping?
10. How does Charles convince David to follow him into the woods?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Katsuk has an odd relationship with his family. It appears that, at one time, the elder members of the clan had some authority over Katsuk from the way they treat him. It is also apparent, however, that they are in awe of him and fear him. Why do you think their attitudes are so disparate? Do you think their longing to believe in the old ways has anything to do with their confusion? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
This novel ends with Katsuk killing David with the ceremonial bow and sobbing over his body once the deed has been completed. Was this a surprise ending? Why or why not? Why do you think Katsuk goes through with this even though David has just nursed him back to health? Do you think Katsuk realizes that David was trying to save his life? Why or why not? Why does Katsuk hold David and cry after David is dead? Does he feel badly for what he has done? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Imagery is an important part of the story. The setting is a stunningly beautiful and impressive natural wonderland. The author is very descriptive, drawing the reader into the cold and damp, the broken and bleeding victims of a poacher, and the absolutely breathtaking scenery. Perhaps the most important of these is Section 6 where the author uses more vivid adjectives, not simply describing a sunset as "rich," but as "molten," for example. What does the more vivid imagery add to the story? What does it add to this section? Why do you think the author chooses to express himself in this manner at this point?
This section contains 1,180 words
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