MONTANA 1948 – PART ONE COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS. A young Sioux woman lying on the bed “feverish and delirious” coughing so hard David is afraid she will die His mother in the kitchen on a hot and windy day, trying desperately to load a shotgun, but fumbling. She is intending to fire the gun.
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A young Sioux woman lying on the bed “feverish and delirious” coughing so hard David is afraid she will die
His mother in the kitchen on a hot and windy day, trying desperately to load a shotgun, but fumbling. She is intending to fire the gun.
His father, kneeling on the kitchen floor, begging and pleading for his mother to help himDavid recalls 3 significant images from the summer of 1948…what are they?
The death of Marie Little Soldier is foreshadowed in the prologue. Her death and the subsequent events which it sets into motion are to be examined as a seamless whole by our narrator, David.What significant event is being foreshadowed?
At the end of section 2, Marie falls ill. What are your thoughts on Maries reaction to Gail’s proposal to call upon her brother-in-law, Doctor Frank Hayden?
When Frank enters Marie’s room and shuts the door, she immediately screams and shouts for Gail – “Mrs. Mrs.!” “No! Mrs.!”
When outside on the porch, David maneuvers himself to best hear anything that happens in Marie’s room. He hears her say ‘no’ twice more.
Frank acts as if Marie’s hesitation to see a doctor is somehow related to her being a native American –”they’re used to being treated by the medicine man. Or some old Squaw”
Gail reveals to Wes that his brother, Frank, has “molested Indian girls.” She tells him he takes “indecent liberties”.What does Gail reveal to Wes about Frank?
When Wes tries to dismiss this information (remember he thinks Indians are liars and Marie is known for telling tales) Gail explicitly tells him the indecent acts that Frank has performed with these girls.
“Charming, affable Uncle Frank” is gone for good for David. Although not yet entirely convinced of his guilt, his mother’s words have frightened him. David is beginning to think of his uncle as a criminal.David eavesdrops on this conversation between his parents regarding Uncle Frank. How does this change his perception of his Uncle?
Daisy McAuley’s comments, “the word is he [Frank] doesn’t do everything on the up and up…just the squaws though” (p.51) confirm the suspicions of Uncle Frank
David now understands that the disclosures about Uncle Frank have inevitably damaged both his mother’s and his own regard for his father. This marks a significant change in David’s awareness of adult relationships.
It is here that David suddenly understands that it is the misplaced loyalty Wes has towards his father which stands in the way of justice. It is this moral dilemma which becomes the central focus of the novel. Wes knows his brother is guilty of raping defenseless girls yet his allegiance to the power of his father is set against his allegiance to upholding the law.
David waits breathlessly to hear his father say that he doesn’t believe that Frank has sexually abused Indian women, yet his silence condemns him and David can no longer ignore the truth that Frank knows his brother better than anyone, and he knows he is guilty.Explain the following: