In My Side of the Mountain, what had Sam learned about the woodland animals by the time his Halloween party ended?  

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We read about the party in the fourteenth chapter, called “In Which We All Learn About Halloween.” Sam Gribley has been living on his own in the Catskill Mountains for about six months now. In spite of the fact that he has a few animal “friends,” he may be missing human contact and activities in his life. So when harvest time – with nuts and apples and such – approaches Halloween, Sam decides to share the wealth and give a party for the wild animals. The trouble is, animals don’t understand human party protocol and politeness. The spread that Sam puts out attracts a lot of “new” animals who come just for the food, and to eat as much of it as possible. Some of them get into his tree-house and eat food he was saving for himself. A skunk sprays him. Sam has to act like one of them to get their attention. He growls and snarls to chase them away. He begins the next chapter by saying: “That party had a moral ending. Don’t feed wild animals!”

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