Section 1: Forward-Chapter 1
- contempt: strong dislike
- devastate: to cause severe damage
- fluster: to make somebody nervous
- lame: having an injured foot
- persecute: to harass somebody
- secure: well protected
- The farmers were afraid the locusts would devastate their crops
- Clint’s favorite horse because lame after he damaged his hoof in a fall.
- The ancient Romans would persecute groups of people that they were afraid of, like the early Christians.
- While the Little Red Hen had contempt for all the animals that would not help, she still wanted to share some of what she had made.
- Jake would often fluster Maria by giggling when it was her turn to sing.
- The soldiers knew their fort was secure because of its high walls and many cannons.
- Trudy was famous for being the best spinster. (pg. x)
- Trudy needed to start spinning because her mother’s shoulder was crippled. (pg. x)
- The phrase means, “Isn’t that just about incredible?” (pg. xi)
- Edward wants his father to take the Spanish Gun to the muster. (pg. 1)
- Edward’s mother and father were nineteen and sixteen when they got married. (pg. 2)
- Teunis shows Edward how the matchlock gun works. (pg. 4)
- Teunis and Van Aerman are going to Palatine Bridge. (pg. 6)
Section 2: Chapters 2-4
- flannel: a soft cotton fabric
- gable: the top section of a wall
- methodical: systematic
- militia: an army of ordinary citizens
- solitary: alone
- scant: a small amount
- The explorers had a scant water supply for the long journey across.
- His flannel pajamas kept him warm through the long winter nights.
- All the captain could see through his spyglass was one solitary ship on the horizon.
- The artist organized his paints in a very methodical way, from red to violet and from light to dark.
- The gable was painted a different color than the rest of the house.
- Many men joined the militia when the foreign army invaded their town.
- Edward and Trudy sleep in the loft room. (pg. 12)
- Edward misses the sound of his father’s laughter. (pg. 16)
- Gertrude doesn’t want Edward to take butter to Grandmother Van Alstyne’s house because she is afraid an Indian might come on their property. (pg. 20-21)
- John Mynderse brings a message from Teunis saying that they should go to the big house because he won’t be back tonight. (pg. 24)
- Edward does not feel afraid in the house when he sees the Spanish Gun. (pg. 27)
- Gertrude and the children see smoke off in the distance. (pg. 28)
- Edward knows his mother is afraid when she decides to bring the cows in. (pg. 30-31)
Section 3: Chapters 5-7
- dusk: the time between day and night
- hysterical: impossible to control
- pale: light in color
- serene: calm
- stout: strong and substantial
- suspicious: believing that something is wrong
- The castle walls were so stout that the catapults could not break them down.
- My grandmother does not like the busy city; she likes the countryside where it is serene.
- At dusk, thousands of bats awake and fly out of their cave.
- The detective became suspicious when the man could not explain why he had the bag of money.
- Jared’s face became pale when he was told he had to eat all his vegetables.
- The child’s crying became hysterical when he discovered all his candy had been stolen.
- Gertrude decides it’s best to stay at their own house because it’s off the main road and harder for raiders to find than their grandmother’s house. (pg. 32)
- Gertrude puts gun powder into the gun, and some horseshoe nails, pebbles, and buttons. (pg. 35)
- Edward’s mother props up the gun with all of her flatirons. (pg. 37)
- Edward is supposed to move the candle if hears his mother call “ATEOORD.” (pg. 40)
- Gertrude is picking bean pods outside while she watches for Indians. (pg. 43)
- Gertrude sings so that Edward does not feel deserted. (pg. 46)
- The grandmother’s house is lit on fire by the Indians. (pg. 47)
Section 4: Chapters 8-10
- barricade: a protective barrier
- furrow: a groove made in the ground
- loping: a gentle running
- treacherous: dangerous
- pretense: make believe
- ponderous: very heavy
- The ice and snow made the twisty mountain road treacherous.
- The wooden barricade was barely strong enough to keep the wild bull in his pen.
- The Olympic runner set a loping pace that helped him win the marathon.
- The farmer made a deep furrow with his plow.
- It was a false pretense when he said he only took the cookies out of the jar so he could count them.
- The ponderous treasure chest was a challenge for the person to load into the ship.
- Gertrude waits to act when she first sees the Indians so that she does not run too far ahead of them. (pg. 49)
- Gertrude fears that the Indians would burn down the house with Trudy and Edward if she doesn’t get there first. (pg. 50)
- Gertrude shouts the names of the people who were not there because she is worried about giving Edward so much responsibility. (pg. 50)
- An Indian throws a tomahawk and strikes Gertrude’s shoulder. (pg. 52)
- When Edward fires the gun, it hit him in the chest and knocked him off the stool. (pg. 55)
- Trudy saves her handkerchief doll from being burned in the house. (pg. 59)
- The militiamen find Edward sitting with the gun across his legs pointed at the three dead Indians. (pg. 61)