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Blood on the River Chapter 18-20 Questions

Chapter 18

1. Samuel is shocked to discover that Captain Smith’s brush with death at the hands of the Powhatans was actually just a dramatic ritual. In the Author’s Note, the author explains that historians still debate about whether or not Pocahontas saved Captain Smith’s life, or if the event happened at all (pages 229-230). What is the difference between a historical myth and a historical fact? Can you think of other examples of myths in American history? What does this example demonstrate about history’s ability to change based on newly discovered knowledge?

There is a big difference between historical myths and historical facts. Historical myths are made up stories by the people, based on some historical facts, but not entirely true. On the other hand, historical facts are proved to be true. I don’t know about myths in American history, but I know how history’s able to change based on newly discovered knowledge. Histories that are not proved by primary source or any other evidence, can be changed later by newly discovered knowledge if they are proved and have evidences to back them up.

2. The Powhatans look at Captain Smith as being one of them now. This has caused Chief Powhatan to take care of the colonists because he considers them one of his tribes. Samuel believes this is a good thing but is worried about what the gentlemen will think if they find out that Chief Powhatan is treating them as one of his tribes. Why is Samuel concerned about this?

I think Samuel is concerned about the gentlemen finding out that Chief Powhatan is treating them as one of his tribes, because if they found out the true intention of the Powhatan, they would probably refuse that and start to protest against the Powhatan tribes. Then the Powhatan would stop trading foods with the colonists, and the entire colony will suffer from starvation.

Chapter 19

1. What do you think of the decree, “He that will not work shall not eat”? What if this was the law in our classroom?

I think the decree, “He that will not work shall not eat” is an affective decree for the colonists in Jamestown, because they really have to work hard to not suffer from starvations. No one wants to be hungry, so everyone would play their roles in the Jamestown, and then the colony would have better environment to live. If this was the law in our classroom, it would be unacceptable, because it is a child abuse.

2. Two women arrive in the colony. What year is this? Discuss the pros and cons of having women in the colony.

The year that two women arrived in the colony was 1608. The pros of having women in the colony is that they can care for child better than the men, they can have children, they can cook and clean better than men. The cons of having women in the colony is that they cannot work as hard as men.

3. Excited that Namontack now speaks English, Reverend Hunt begins to teach him about Christianity. Namontack then shares information about his faith. Make a Venn diagram comparing the two faiths.

Namontack’s faith: Not only one god, animism (serving nature), and sacrificing life for what they believe in.

Christianity: One god, and no one is perfectly innocent, but can be forgived.

Common: They worship the god (or the gods)

Chapter 20

1. Do you think King James was honoring Powhatan by making him a prince, or was he trying to gain power over him?

I think King James was not honoring Powhatan by making him a prince, but he was trying to gain power over him. I think he was trying to increase the power he has in the New World by making Powhatan a prince, so England would have more power  than the Spain.

2. Which place would you rather live, in Namontack’s village or James Town? Discuss the positives and negatives of each.

I would rather live in Namontack’s village, because in Jamestown, you have to work really hard to survive, but the villagers of Namontack’s village know how to survive in the New World, where they lived for maybe couple hundreds of years, so it would be easier for me to survive in the Namontack’s village. The negative thing about Namontack’s village is that the village doesn’t have much guarding system like the Jamestown does. It is easier to get ambushed by the colonists or other native tribes in America.

3. How has Samuel changed his mind about how he feels about the natives? Why has he changed? How have the natives treated him?

Before he got to know more about the natives, he thought that the natives were just cold-blooded people who kill their enemies and eat them for food. But when he understood the native’s culture and their lifestyles, his thought about the natives changed. The natives treated him very well even though he was one of the colonists, who attacked the natives when they first landed on the New World.

~ by william02pd2015 on September 16, 2010.

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