The Frontiersmen: A Narrative Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Where and when was Simon Kenton born?

Simon Kenton was born to a family of Virginian sharecroppers in 1755, and was expected to remain in that family trade, but he ran away to the wilderness.

2. What was Simon Kenton known for as a youth and why?

Simon Kenton was known as a misfit and a rebellious youth, only working on the farm while being watched and shirking his duties to spend days in the mountains as soon as he could get away.

3. What is the impressive action Kenton takes that awards him the job with Bill Grills?

Simon Kenton is offered a job with Bill Grills and the Greathouse expedition one day when Grills sees Kenton shooting a turkey from 332 feet with a rifle.

4. Where is Simon Kenton attempting to travel to in Chapter 1?

Throughout the first chapter, Simon Kenton is constantly on the move, readying himself and his supplies for an expedition of his own into the Middle Lands; or the Indian-held territories to the West of Virginia.

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