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1. Cuyloga expresses his final estimation of True Son with the words, "Your heart is Indian. Your head is Indian. But your blood is still thin like the whites."

Do you think that lack of courage, symbolized by "thin blood," is an accurate summary of True Son's character after his betrayal?

2. Richter's purpose in writing The Light in the Forest was to show that the white settlers' "ideals and restrained manner of existence repelled the Indian." In what ways are the reactions of True Son and Bejance toward white civilization similar? Are their reactions justified?

3. As a historical novel, what information on the early history of America does The Light in the Forest provide? Do you have a better understanding of Native Americans and the loss of their political rights after reading the novel?

4. Is True Son's attempt to scalp Uncle Wilse in keeping with his character and...

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