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The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, 1826
Chapter 7
This novel takes place during the French and Indian Wars of early America. Major Duncan Heywood is escorting Cora and Alice Munro to see their father, Colonel Munro, when they are aided in their travels by Hawkeye, a brave scout in the wilderness, and his two Native American friends who are of the Mohican tribe.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans. Project Gutenberg. 5 Feb. 2006. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.

What does the phrase “like thunder rumbling beyond the distant hills” most nearly mean in line 42?

A

It is a metaphor to explain that the characters hear lightning and think it means danger.

B

It is a simile to emphasize that the waterfall caused by the river has the same sound as thunder.

C

It is a metaphor to demonstrate the danger of the horrible noise that Hawkeye heard in lines 1 and 2.

D

It is a simile to describe the sound of the wind blowing across the river that the characters hear when leaving their cave.

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