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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 does Simon spend the year after Ellen's wedding?

2. Who or what is Sutawnee?

3. In August 1782, Hugh McGary urges a battle against Indians and British soldiers. Daniel Boone argues against it but is overruled. Who dies in that battle?

4. What best describes the work habits of the Kenton family in 1770?

5. Who is Jacob Greathouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss and give examples of the conflicting emotions experienced by Blue Jacket, poised as he is between the Indian world and that of the white settlers.

2. Describe the new kind of village that Tecumseh and Lowawluwaysica plan to establish in 1808, and how their idea is received.

3. Describe how Tecumseh plans to use his younger brother, Lowawluwaysica, to influence the other Indians.

4. In March 1773, when Simon and Strader flee from the Indians naked and without provisions, where do they eventually find shelter and help?

5. Describe the early days of the relationship between Simon Kenton and Jacob Greathouse.

6. In 1784, what becomes of Ruth after she tells Simon that she is pregnant with his child?

7. What effect do the Indian attacks of 1776 have on the white settlers?

8. What is the reaction of Simon's parents and siblings when he urges them to move to Kentucky?

9. What is Tecumseh's attitude about Indians consuming alcohol?

10. What realization does Tecumseh reach in August 1813 as he and his Indian warriors fight alongside the British against the Americans?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Simon Kenton and Tecumseh are the two main characters in "The Frontiersmen," which opens with their births and concludes with their deaths. Giving specific examples to support your views, explain which of these two men you feel is more admirable as a leader, as a family man, and as a man of his word.

Essay Topic 2

Some individuals, both white and Indian, make an effort to reach across cultural and racial bounds. Give at least two examples (one Indian, one white) and describe what these characters do to act humanely and/or to attempt to promote peace or understanding between the two factions.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of December 1800, Tecumseh makes preparations to begin the unification of the Indian tribes, starting with about 50 tribes. What is the important difference between the "confederations" that some tribes have been a part of in the past and Tecumseh's new vision of unification? How does Tecumseh expect the Indians of his unification to conduct themselves at first when dealing with the whites? What eventual goal does Tecumseh have for his unified group of Indians? Finally, if all had gone according to his plans, do you think his unification would ultimately have succeeded in its goal?

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