"Great-grandfather told me of a creature that makes tracks like this. It is called a Chenoo." Awasos lifted his head to scan the forest around them.
"Yes, I remember," answered Kasko, Awasos's younger brother. "He said they were giant cannibals with sharp teeth and hearts made of ice. Consuming the spirit of a human being makes them stronger."
Which characteristic of a legend is detailed in this excerpt?
Read the details from a Sioux Indian legend.
A little girl owned a pet rabbit, which she loved dearly. She carried it on her back like a babe, made for it a little pair of moccasins, and at night shared with it her own robe.
Which statement best describes the details and identifies the theme of the legend?
Read the legend titled "The Bird Chief."
All the birds were called together. To them was said, “Whichever one of you can fly farthest into the sky shall be chief.”
All the birds flew to a great height. But Wren got under the thick feathers of Eagle and sat there as Eagle flew. When all the birds became wing-tired, they flew down again; but Eagle flew still higher. When Eagle had gone as far as he could, Wren flew still higher.
When all the birds reached the ground, Eagle alone returned, after a great while. Behold! Wren only was absent. So they awaited him. At last he returned. Eagle had too highly been thinking of himself, being sure of being made chief; and behold! Wren was made chief.
The purpose of this legend is most likely to teach a lesson related to
Read the legend titled "Beaver and Porcupine."
Once in the old days Beaver and Porcupine were comrades and went everywhere together. Now Beavers are much afraid of Bears, who break down the beaver dams so as to let off the water, catch them, and eat them. But the Bear fears the sharp quills of the Porcupine; therefore the little fellow acted as guard to his friend. Porcupine often visited Beaver in his house, which is dry and comfortable, and unfortunately annoyed his host by leaving some of his quills there.
One day Porcupine proposed to call on his friend, and Beaver offered to carry him on his back, because the prickly one cannot swim. But instead of taking him to his home under the dam, he took him to a tall stump in the very middle of the lake, and there he left him!
There Porcupine was compelled to stay until the lake froze over, and he could walk home on the ice.
Beaver contrived to explain the whole thing as a joke, and the pair appeared to be on as good terms as ever. One fine day, the Bear appeared.
“What shall I do? Save me! Save me!” cried Beaver in terror.
“Certainly, friend; just get upon my back and I will carry you to safety,” replied Porcupine.
Beaver did as he was told and was taken to the top of a very tall tree and left to himself. He did not know how to climb and was afraid to try to get down alone.
“Oh, do help me down!” he cried; but it was of no use to beg. After staying up there so long that he grew dizzy and almost starved to death, he finally contrived to scramble down the tree; and they say that is why the bark of trees is rough and full of scratches to this day. We are also told that it is on account of this happening that people who have loved each other very much sometimes quarrel and are no longer friends.
Which sentence best indicates the story's message or theme?
What is one common characteristic of legends?
Which detail from “The Chenoo" would best support the theme "man struggles against nature"?