THE YOUNG WARRIORS
1. What was on the gourd and what did it mean? A carved picture of the sun rising behind a mountain.
2. Who was the first person to have the gourd? Tommy’s great grandfather.
3. What did the sun and the mountain mean? The sun was Tommy, giving light and love to the world and the mountain was the world.
4. What had been covered up in ashes until it was cooked? The river-mullet that was packed in Tommy’s knapsack.
5. Where was Mountain Top located? In the mountains in St. Catherine.
6. On what mountain was hunting well in? Mount Diablo.
7. What was known as the ‘little people of the forest’? The birds and the animals.
8. Why did the boys sit still in the forest? So that the forest can get used to them and the forest would still be filled with the sounds of the animals.
9. Who was Juan de Bolas? He was a chief that fought many English soldiers and it is to him the Golden Band was given to that Chief Phillip now wore.
10. Who was always ready to eat? David
11. ‘The branches of the trees became great feathers.’ What figure of speech is used here? Metaphor.
12. ____1______ was the story-teller among the boys. He mainly told ____2____ stories. 1- David. 2- Anancy
13. What did the coney use to discover its enemies? Its eyes and nose.
14. Who wanted to hold a council and who was offending to this? Tommy wanted to hold a council and Charlie did not want this.
15. What was the plan to catch the coneys? The plan was to cover their holes with stones so they could not go back in and then capture them.
16. What animal sound did Tommy use to signal the boys when to take their weapons? Croaking of a frog
17. Where were the coney holes usually found? Behind large rocks.
18. What colour was the coney in the moonlight? Pearl-grey
19. Why did Tommy not want Charlie to use the bow? Because he did not want Charlie to shoot them with the bow instead of the coneys.
20. ‘The swish of arrows, the whistle of knives and the thud of stones,’ What is the figure of speech used here? Onomatopoeia
21. Who was compared to with a person in the Bible? David, as the boy David who killed the mighty giant. David (young warrior) was great at using the sling-shot.
22. True or False: They gathered scattered leaves and branches to hide the coneys they caught. False. They used them to make a great heap under the trees to sleep on.
23. On which two parts of Uriah’s body were leaves sticking out? His nostrils and his ear.
24. Who burst out with laughter at the sight of this? David.
25. The shook the leaves off, ‘like puppies after a shower.’ What figure of speech is this? Simile
26. The boys were going deeper into the forest to where? Pimento Walk.
27. Where had they left the coneys? They left them under some leaves, well covered with stones.
28. Why did the boys pick leaves and branches along their way? So they smell like the forest, and blend in (camouflage). They looked like walking trees (metaphor).
29. Which of the boys were boasting that he shot more birds than any of the five? Charlie
30. When David told Charlie that he would tell Chief Phillip that Charlie had shot the most birds and did so well, how did Charlie react? Charlie looked troubled, because the Maroons did not like boasters and that Chief Phillip would find a way to show his displeasure.
31. Which one of the boys heard a queer sound? Johnny
32. What did Johnny hear? The rattle of arms and the crunch of boots.
33. Who or what was making these sounds? The Redcoats.
34. How did Johnny describe the boots? Big, ugly boots, mounted on great pads of leather soles, crushing everything in its path.
35. From what was the name, ‘Redcoats’ given to the soldiers from? The scarlet(red) jackets that these soldiers wore
36. When Tommy felt something stabbing his right hand, what did he see? Ants had crawled on his hand.
37. What did Tommy do? He bared the pain and sweat broke out on his face. He dared not to move until the Redcoats had passed by.
38. How many soldiers had David and Tommy counted? 20
39. Who was told to pick up the arrows? Charlie
40. Did Charlie pick up all of the arrows? If no, explain why. No, because after all the Redcoats had gone, one came back and saw the arrow and picked it up.
41. Did the Redcoat that came back notice anything about the arrow? No, but if he were a man of the bush he would have noticed the fresh scar caused by the bowstring when it was released.
42. Who started to blame Charlie? Uriah
43. Who started to shout at Charlie and asked how he was even made to become a Young Warrior? David
44. Why did Tommy tell them to stop? Because he had seen the pain in Charlie’s face and Tommy and Johnny knew that Charlie had his own secret sufferings.
45. Why was it a must to carry the birds and coneys back to the village? Because if the Redcoats find it they would have to leave the village and then need food.
46. Which two of the boys headed back to the first? Tommy and Johnny.
47. What did the Maroons do as a greeting and farewell? They raise the palm of their right hands to shoulder level.
48. Who practised the shaking of hands and why? The swordsmen of ancient days shook hands to show that their hands are free of weapons. LOL! The showing of palms also served the same purpose.
49. Define ‘strenuous’. Requiring or involving great energy or effort in something.
50. What did his mother give him when he arrived at the village? Mint-tea
51. What was the Chief sitting on? The Stool of State.
52. What was the Old Country known as? Africa
53. What was this Stool of State? It was a mahogany stool; it was shaped like the one his forefathers had known in Africa, the Old Country.
54. What would the old Maroons talk about? The Golden Stool of the Ashanti People. In the Old Country, the kings of the Ashanti people were crowned as they sat on the Golden Stool.
55. Why did they not meet any of the Maroon sentries or Maroon scouts? Because they took a path called the ‘wide circle’ to avoid meeting any Redcoats. They were also approaching the village from the mountain side.
56. Why did Tommy nearly jump when he entered the council-house? Because he found Johnny sitting on the floor at Chief Phillip’s feet.
57. Who was Captain Dick? He was the war Captain for the Mountain Top Maroons.
58. Captain Dick ____1_____ the Maroon scouts and _____2_____. 1- Tripled 2- Sentries
59. Where were they placed? In the tallest trees and as far as five miles away from the village.
60. Why did they do this? To follow all the movements of the Englishmen
61. Define, ‘precipices’. A situation of great chaos
62. Who was trying to speak to the Chief but was not heard? Johnny
63. When the Chief finally heard him, what did he tell the Chief? He told them a strategy that might work. He remembered how they caught the coneys, by covering their way of escape. He suggested that they do the same with the Redcoats. The Council-men laughed.
64. Who stood up for him when the Chief thought that he was joking? Tommy (friendship)
65. What was the rest of the plan? It was to lead the Redcoats to where they wanted to lead them. Out in the open. To lead them away from the village and to where they would attack them from.
66. Whose father expressed the most pride? Johnny’s father. And other warriors were clapping his (Johnny’s father... not Johnny) shoulder.
67. ‘There was a clank as swords were drawn and raised in the air.’ What figure of speech is used here? Onomatopoeia
68. What were the bullets made of and how? They were made out of lead that were taken from old raids on the English settlements. They put the lead in the pot to boil and by using clay mould; they dip the boiling lead out of the pot and put the mould in cold water until it cooled. Then it would take the shape of a bullet.
69. Who was one of the men that was making muskets? An old man
70. Where did this old man’s band live before? They lived in the Blue Mountains, up in the place that place that the English now call ‘St. Thomas-in-the-East’.
71. Why did Chief Phillip want to see Tommy and Johnny? Because he had a task for them
72. What was this task? To get help from their brother Maroons in the Mocho Mountains. They would march due-west. He told them the rivers that they would cross and the valleys they had to be very careful of.
73. Why did they teach the boys how to blow the abeng? So that they can signal the Mocho Maroons of their arrival. They would never find the Mocho Maroons unless you call them.
74. What did they look like when they first tried to blow the abeng? They looked like two little pigs.
75. Describe Captain Dick. He was a short, strong man with broad shoulders.
76. What did the Maroon warriors do to prepare for the war? They rub the ointment of herbs to smell like the forest and they dress up in leaves and branches.
77. What did Tommy say to Charlie when Charlie had said something very harsh and cruel to Tommy? Tommy told him in a way that he knew that Charlie had cheated on the race to Lookout Rock.
78. True or False: Charlie was ashamed and Tommy was sorry that he had hurt Charlie. True
79. What animal sound was used to signal the warriors this time? The hoot of an owl
80. Who was Peter? One of the scouts at Mountain Top that was with them
81. What did Captain Dick do before he made any shots? He yelled a Maroon cry
82. Why did Captain Dick shoot the Redcoats and why at the time just before daylight? So that they would be distracted and because it is the time when people sleep the heaviest.
83. Who were the two most famous Maroon scouts? Scout Jim and Peter
84. How did they know they were travelling west? Because they kept their backs to the sun. The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.
· They were seen by a Redcoat but got away
· They saw a wild boar when they were in the forest
· They leaped for a tree and hugged on to it
· When Johnny was close to the thought of letting go, Tommy told him that if he let goes, Tommy will let go too.
· They were saved because the wild boar’s children were snorting and calling it.
· They found a safer place in a pine thicket
· They ate their food and drank water from Tommy’s special bottle and then they fell asleep
· Johnny woke up when he heard noisy footsteps and he also woke Tommy up
· Two Redcoats were into view
· One was fat and the other was red-haired and tall and had a cast on one eye.
· Johnny remembered that he would sneeze if he smelt pine but he kept that in
· The fat one wanted meat while the tall one went for fruit
· Johnny made the ‘coo-coo’ sound of a pigeon so it would distract the fat one.
· The boys made a run for the muskets. The tall soldier was close
· Because of the ointment, the boy’s skin was too slippery
· But the tall one had a good grip of Tommy
· Johnny, instead of leaving Tommy, grabbed the musket and gave a blow to the tall one’s ankle.
· As they struggled, Charlie stepped in
· The fat one had captured Charlie and took him back to their camp
· They hid the muskets under some dried leaves and started back out again for the Mocho Mountains
· Resourcefulness- Tommy and Johnny had arrived at the river and made a raft by cutting small poles from the trees nearby.