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The Light in the Forest
Novel Study Guide
Answer all questions in sentence form.
Vocabulary: vomit, sapling, alien, dismayed humiliating, stake, aversion, loathing, stern, strewn, overwhelmed, fringed, raveled, affronted
Enrichment: Locate early American literature which details the capture of young white children by Natives and their eventual return to their white families. A good example of the captivity genre would be The Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. Compare and contrast this literature with Conrad Richter's novel, The Light in the Forest.
Vocabulary: stint, suicide, hostile, plumb, seasoned, bandy, kin, hostages, doughtier, spunkier, sassed, mock, trussed, calico, retorted, dignity, soothed, passion, varmint
Enrichment: Research the author, Conrad Richter, and make a short presentation to the class. Another alternative is to assume the role of Conrad Richter and answer questions from the class. Make sure you research some of his other books.
Design and illustrate a title page for your study guide or design a bookcover or bookslip for your novel.
Vocabulary: bustle, ditties, slouching, forsaken, abandonment, disgrace, triumphed, mourning, haltered, meadow, sycamore, loot, chatter, withered, trace, wry, grimace, parched, embroidered, shod, concealed, wigwam
Enrichment: Research the Delaware (Lenape) Indians and find out as much about them as you can. Create a bulletin board display of your findings and make a short presentation to your classmates.
Vocabulary: gloomy, soberly, ambush, fickle, disposition, cumbersome, near-sighted, tread, keen, elders, heedless, kettles, tomahawk, flushed, lunge, grave, impassive, persimmon, defiant, ramrod, whimper, tribe, waded, farewell
Enrichment: Assume the role of True Son and make a journal entry for each chapter that you have read. Share you entries with a classmate.
Vocabulary: constriction, swaggering, turncoat, slavish, exile, mounds, unscalable, stockades, desolate, stubble, exposed, rutted, stolid, receded, confinement, ostentation, wet-nurse, subjection, bombarded, sacrificial, restrained, ashen, stammer, scowl, pallid, presumptuous
Enrichment: Write a newspaper article describing the return of the whites to their biological families. Remember to use a dramatic headline.
Vocabulary: mortared, rejoice, bosom, sullen, blackguards, squadron, scow, tethered, plunged, tenant, ordeal, recollect, shinned, aloofness, compassion, impassively, invalid, crude, pantaloons, mutual
Enrichment: Pretend that a publisher wishes to promote this book. Design and illustrate a poster that you feel will arouse an interest in the story. Display it in your classroom or school library.
Vocabulary: flourished, stale, bolster, pestilence, hatchets, gaol, barbarians, wrath, scorn, abhorrence, blotting, frock, flinched, revulsion, thrice, parlor, slate, derision, heathen, hackles, pagan, distorted, latter, abductor, vermin
Enrichment: Design and illustrate a book mark for your novel.
Write an imaginary letter to True Son. You may have questions for him or even words of comfort.
Pretend you are True Son. Write a letter to Half Arrow describing your situation.
Vocabulary: tainted, induce, forbade, millstone, languish, garb, encumbrances, odious, bower, rheumatic, plaited, tyke, assented, pulpit, aroma, stowing, cooperage, reproached
Enrichment: Compare and contrast the plight of the Native Americans with that of the black Americans.
Using the internet and other sources of information, plan a one week modern bus tour through the region of the country described in this novel. List the places that you would be sure to include in your tour of early American history. Justify your choices and create a tour pamphlet outlining the highlights of the tour.
Vocabulary: snaith, cradlers, parson, pastor, shrewd, galls, winced, lithe, formidable, dram, condone, precepts, pagan, sarcasm disintegrated, exemplary, disperse, asserted, congregation, pews, mutilated, deterred, provocative, fervent, veteran, tribulations, pliable, seraph
Enrichment: Have Myra Butler write a thank you note to the parson for his visit.
Pretend you are Myra Butler and compose a poem expressing thanks that you have been reunited with your long lost son.
Vocabulary: gallipot, diagnose, brusque, mode, ailments, hemorrhaged, aboriginal, lurking, precepts, antagonism, thrifty, filial, solitude, divine, console, crones, degrading, aggravate, confide, valid, solace, remuneration, accumulation
Enrichment: Choose one of the characters from the novel and write a detailed description of them. Include both their positive and negative characteristics.
Invite someone who is knowledgeable about native culture into your classroom to make a short presentation.
Vocabulary: oration, remnants, venison, fragile, gnarled, insidious, submissive, reproved, tolerable, commotion, exertion, revived
Enrichment: Pretend that you are Conrad Richter's grandson/granddaughter and have just discovered a lost chapter from the book. Present the chapter to your classmates. Hint: You will have to write it first.
Vocabulary: infinite, aromatic, coarse, barbarous, pungency, droppings, berating, booty, summit, loafed, corrupted, plunder, pillage, gauntlet, sinister
Enrichment: Half Arrow was unable to take the larger "dugout" as it was tied with an iron rope. The iron rope he was referring to was actually a chain. Pretend you are an Indian that has arrived via a time machine into the modern world. Describe modern objects such as cars, planes, rockets, computers, video games, televisions employing words that Half Arrow might have used.
Vocabulary: ominous, covet, plague, enslaving, glade, benediction, lofty, clarity, boon, bounty, wards, lackeys, primitive, thwarts, meridian, foliage, exulted, restraint, million, discerned, embraced
Enrichment: With a group of your classmates, design a mural depicting the story and display it for your class.
Write a letter to Walt Disney Film Studios explaining why you would like them to do a remake of the film The Light in the Forest.
How do you think Conrad Richter chose the title for his novel?
Vocabulary: pervaded, lulled, hominy, carrion, valor, vengeance, fathom, recruiting, chorus, ferocity, riffle, quicksilver, recital, enticed, meritorious, decoy, allotted, remonstrating, imperial, disclosed, incredulity, stout, gross
Enrichment: Write a poem celebrating the return of True Son to his village and family. Display the finished poems on a bulletin board. Some students may prefer to compose a song and present it to the class.
Vocabulary: gravity, reprieve, clan, prescribed, execution, decreed, disquieted, idly, neglected, yearned, molest, bleakly, volition, desolate
Enrichment: Write a one page summary of the book describing why you liked it.
Describe how you would feel if you were suddenly told that you could never see or visit with your family again.
Conduct a debate as to whether or not violence should be used to resolve disagreements.
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