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4.4.2: Reading and Review Questions
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- How does Digby’s view of Native Americans in general, and of Mascawisca in particular, frame the reader’s understanding of Mascawisca’s character?
- How does the theme of treachery and betrayal work in this chapter? Who are the guilty? Who are the innocent? Why do you think Mascawisca doesn’t tell Everell about her father’s intentions?
- What positive, even utopian, aspects does Mascwisca’s tribal home possess? What negative aspects?
- What impact does Mascawisca’s comment on Samoset’s death’s belying Christian law have on Everell? Why?
- Mascawisca tells the “loser’s” side of the Pequod War. Why does Everell think it’s the true version?