The Last of the Mohicans Book Summary and Study Guide

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Major Duncan Heyward is accompanying the daughters of English commander Munro to their father's post at Fort William. The eyar is 1757, the English and French are at war in the Americas, the native peoples are caught up on both sides. The native guide Magua leads Heyward's party astray and it is only due to the timely intervention of Hawkeye, Uncas and chingachgook that they survive. Cora and Alice Munro reach Forty William only to be caught up in a massacre and kidnapped by Magua. Heyward, white scout Hawkeye (real name Natty Bumppo)and mohicans Uncas and Chingachgook set out to rescue the young sisters in this classic adventure tale.
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The review of this Book prepared by Bryn Pearson

This is the second of the Leatherstocking Tales and is both the best of the five novels and the most well-known. The story itself is set during the French and Indian War in upstate New York and is one of the more exciting of the historical adventure novels written in American history. Again, as is true throughout this series, the characterizations are caricatures but still, it is great fun to read.
The review of this Book prepared by Kelly Whiting

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   getting to know a nice woman Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Escape/rescue behind enemy lines?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails    -   falling off Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   flamed    -   impaled    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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