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Why is Cole Matthews banished to live alone on an island in Southeast Alaska for one year?
Cole robbed a store and nearly beat Peter Driscal to death. Banishment is the only alternative to jail.
Why doesn't Cole trust Garvey, his parole officer?
Garvey does not fear Cole, and Cole doesn't trust people who aren't afraid of him.
Why does Edwin, the Tlingit elder, require Cole to wear his clothes inside out?
The purpose is to show humility and shame, and force Cole to realize that he is no longer in control of his life.
What is Cole's philosophy about fear?
Cole believes that no one is fearless; everyone is afraid of something.
What does Cole learn from "being referred" repeatedly, while being told each time that it is his "last chance"?
Cole learns that it is the adult term for passing the buck and that he can always count on having one more "last chance."
Why do you think counseling has no effect on Cole?
Cole feels people have their own motives for helping him; threats are never followed up with action.
How does Cole describe his parents near the beginning of the story?
Cole describes his mom as "a scared barbie doll, always looking good but never fighting back or standing up to anyone." He calls his dad "a bullheaded drinker with a temper."
Cole has a habit of blaming others for his mistakes. What is an example of this behavior from the text?
Cole believes that if Peter had learned to fight back, he wouldn't have been hurt so badly.
What is Circle Justice?
Circle Justice is a form of justice practiced by native cultures for thousands of years. It focuses on healing, not punishment.
What is one of the first signs that Cole does not plan to honor his commitment to stay on the island for a year?
The statement, "if these fossils really thought he was going to live in that shack, they were nuts," implies that Cole intends to leave the island.
Living alone on an island off the coast of Alaska can be very dangerous. How does Edwin try to convince cole of both the danger and Cole's personal responsibility for survival?
Edwin says, "If you eat, you live. If not, you'll die. This land can provide for you or kill you."
When Cole state that he is not afraid to die, does Edwin believe him?
Edwin does not believe him. He tells Cole that he will be afraid if death looks him in the face.
Edwin asks Cole how he would feel if a bear would make its den beside the stream. Cole answers, "I'd kill it." What is Edwin's response?
Edwin says, "Animals feel the same way. Don't forget that."
According to Edwin, what can be learned from the animals on the island?
Patience, gentleness, strength, and honesty can be learned from observing the behavior of the animals.
What is a Spirit Bear?
A Spirit Bear is a special black bear that lives off the coast of British Columbia. It is pure white and represents pride, dignity, and honor.
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