Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 275
1. In chapter 1, Caleb tells Mark that Mark knows nothing. In what sense is this true?
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2. What is the Kwakiutl's attitude toward material possessions? In what sense, if any, does it differ from your own?
3. One value Mark begins to appreciate in the village is service to others. What are some examples of it?
4. The Kwakiutl's definition of "village" includes the weather, myths, animals, and much more. How is this different from modern society's concept?
5. There is no word for "thank you" in Kwakwala, the language of the tribe. What does this reveal about their culture?
6. What, in specific terms, is wrong with the teacher's attitude toward the villagers? Contrast it with Mark's attitude.
7. After a while, Mark stops using the term "we" when referring to himself. Why does he stop and what does it signify about him?
8. What is the symbolic meaning of the mask that Keetah's sister gives away? Why does it upset the adults?
9. What do the villagers think is the worst thing the white man has done to them?
10. Contrast the significance of the individual in Kwakiutl culture to that of the individual in modern society.
11. What is the most important thing Mark has done to gain the villagers' acceptance?
12. The bishop says that the church does its best work "in the gutter." What does he mean?
13. What is foolish about the visiting anthropologist's belief that the village should remain in its "native" state?
14. Mark believes that in the white world young people have no "challenge" in life. Is this so?
15. Mark says that every animal in the world knows "its course"; only man has lost his way. What does he mean?