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1. Who is the main character of "De Natura Unicorni"?

2. Why does James have to go to live in a monastery after his encounter with the unicorn?

3. Were you surprised that James was alive after being gored by the unicorn?

4. What does "And certainly anyone touched by God's own horn was marked forever" mean?

5. Short stories do not provide much space for establishing mood and place. What techniques does Yolen use in "De Natura Unicorni" to quickly establish the mood and place for her story?

6. Was the unicorn in "De Natura Unicorni" "a right cruel beast"?

7. Why, in his dreams, is Richard "always .. . too slow, too unsure, too unsteady to capture" the unicorn "for his own"?

8. Would you have preferred a different ending to "De Natura Unicorni"? What is satisfying about the ending? What would you change, if anything?

9. How does Yolen tie the unicorn...

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