I. Vocabulary: Define and use in a sentence.
- Moccasin (p. 13)
- Pastoni (p.16)
- Rites (p.20)
- Quest (p.22)
- Tunic (p. 24)
- Pelt (p. 46)
- Powder horn (p. 48)
- Wampum (p.100)
- Weir (p.158)
- Ransom (p.171)
II. Questions to Discuss:
- Were you surprised when Plaswa allowed John Stark to keep the beaver pelts (p. 87)? Why or why not?
- What is Ogistin’s guardian spirit? What lessons does he learn from him?
- What are the similarities between Ogistin’s friendship to Kasko and John’s with Amos?
- Read the exchange between Amos and Plaswa on pages 53-54. Write down two to three points that each man is trying to make about their right to the land. Whom do you agree with?
- Is John convinced by Plaswa’s explanation that it is not a time of peace (pp. 71-74)? Were you convinced?
- Describe the relationship that developed between John Stark and Ogistin.
- At one point, John Stark says “I didn’t expect to be treated to so fairly” (p. 105). Did you expect John to be treated fairly? Why or why not?
- What role does taking a person’s scalp play in Abenaki culture?
- Why did the Abenaki have prisoners run the gauntlet?
- Could you understand John’s hesitation about leaving? What would you have done?
III. Extended Research Options
- Write a report on the important role John Stark plays later in history.
- Write a biography of Stark’s redeemer, Phineas Stevens (from Fort at No. 4/Charlestown, NH).
- Research the Wabanaki confederacy.
- Write a summary of the wars that France and England fought during the colonial period.
- Write a biography of Robert Rogers.
- Trace the route on a map between John Stark’s home town of Derryfield, New Hampshire (now Manchester, NH) and Odanak/St. Francis in Quebec, Canada
- Write a biography of Chief Atecouando.
- In what ways does this fictional novel help you learn about historical events and people?
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