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Cold Mountain

Charles Frazier

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1. What food does the blind man sell outside Inman’s hospital window?

2. How does Inman leave the hospital?

3. What song runs through Ada’s head after she looks into Esco Swanger’s well?

4. What weapon does Inman use to fight off his three attackers at the crossroad settlement?

5. What is the name of the river Inman crosses in a dugout canoe?

6. What possession does Ruby trade for food?

7. What precious commodity does Ada find in the farmhouse basement?

8. Why did Ruby spend a night alone in the woods as a child?

9. Who or what does Veasey think Inman is when the two first meet?

10. Who is Waldo?

11. Toward which state is Veasey headed?

12. What is the name of the slave girl for whom Odell is searching?

13. How does Ruby feel about crows?

14. What bird does Ruby claim fathered her?

15. What European heritage does Ada have?

16. What surprising thing does the slave who looks after Inman following his near-death experience do?

17. Which Shakespeare play does Ada read out loud to Ruby after they plait each other’s hair?

18. According to the Cherokee tale Inman tells Ada, how many days does the Stranger tell the villagers they must fast in order to enter the peaceful world above Shining Rocks?

19. What terrible battle does Inman have a recurring nightmare about?

20. What present does the goat-woman give to Inman when he leaves her camp?

21. What unusual object does Stobrod put inside the body of his fiddle?

22. What line from one of Stobrod’s songs does Ada write in a letter to Inman?

23. What makes the strange musical sound Inman hears by the spring?

24. What eighth deadly sin does Inman invent to describe his feelings about killing and eating the bear cub?

25. What do Ada and Inman propose to do with the old arrow they find stuck in a tree near the Cherokee village?

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