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MonkeyNotes-Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
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Questions

1. Why don’t the Swangers take Ada in and/or take care of
her?

2. Give examples where Native American or old life ways are
presented as valuable.

3. What does this book say about the author’s opinions of the
Civil War?

4. Do you agree that the landscape can influence actions and
emotions? Why or why not?

5. Give examples of mountain language that support the
geographic and time settings.

6. What is the function of the epilogue?
7. Speculate on what might have happened had Inman killed
Veasey.

8. What personality trait is most responsible for Inman’s
successful odyssey? Elaborate.



9. Do you feel that Inman was successful? Why or why not?
10. What changes does Inman go through on the course of his
journey?

11. What changes does Ada go through?
12. Explain what is meant by “The comeliest order on earth is
but a heap of random sweepings.” (chapter 1)

13. Contrast the above quote with “We mark some days as fair,
some as foul, because we do not see that the character of
everyday is identical.” (chapter 1)

14. Stobrod plays his fiddle to please himself and any that
happen to hear him. Explain how his music sums up the
mountain culture.

15. Discuss Cold Mountain as a Civil War novel.
16. Discuss Cold Mountain as a novel about mountain
traditions.

17. Choose a theme from the novel and give specific scenes
and/or events that illustrate that theme.

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