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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. How far away is Fort Union, when Boone learns that his uncle is staying there in Chapter 16?

2. How long has Boone been in St. Louis for when Chapter 9 begins?

3. How many Indians have the men seen since leaving Fort Union when Chapter 19 begins?

4. How do the Indians respond to the prices they are given during the trading in Chapter 24?

5. Where does Jim take the jail cell keys from in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. How much time has passed when Chapter 20 begins and what events have occurred?

2. Who do Boone, Jim, and Dick encounter in Chapter 22 and what precautions are being taken to prevent another Indian attack?

3. What is Boone's reputation when the story begins, and what trouble is he in as a result of his actions?

4. How does Jim free Boone from the Paoli jail cell?

5. How are the other passengers on the Mandan described?

6. How is Boone sentenced during his trial in Paoli?

7. How is the crew of the Mandan attacked by the Indians in Chapter 15?

8. What lesson is learned when Boone meets Jonathan Bedwell?

9. What causes Boone to leave home in Chapter 1 and what items does he take with him?

10. Why does Boone try to hide the symptoms of his illness while traveling on the Mandan and how does Jim help him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Boone's first two encounters with the Indians, including how he prepares for them, the differences in the two types of Indians, and the new things that Boone discovers about Indians in general from the second encounter in Chapter 14.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze at least three examples of Boone's temper and the negative effect it has had on his life, including the results of his inability to control it, the things it has cost him, and the people he has hurt because of it.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the influence that Boone's family has on his travels and the decisions that he makes throughout the book, including his father's role in the trip to Louisville, and the letter that his mother writes to him.

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