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4.14.3: Reading and Review Questions

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    1. In “The Hunters of Men,” how does Whittier use allusions to and assumptions about the Land of the Free? To what effect?
    2. Who are the hunters of men the poem identifies? What, if anything, do they have in common? Think of such apparent opposites as sinners and saints, or kind women and politicians.
    3. Why do the hunters of men need alms?
    4. In “The Farewell,” why does Whittier choose a mother to voice the pains of family separation that slaves endure? What attitudes about and toward mothers does Whittier use to enforce his poem’s intent? Why, and how?
    5. In “The Farewell,” why does the mother lament the daughter rather than any (possible) sons? Why does the poem focus on the plight of female slavery? What assumptions about themselves does Whittier challenge his readers in this poem? Why, and how?

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