The Cone Gatherers centres on the story of two brothers, Neil and Calum, who have been employed to gather cones to assist with the war effort so that the depleting wood supplies can be regenerated.
What is the definition of a ‘plot’ in a novel?
All the words which make up the story
A list of events in the order they occur
A clear summary of the story’s events
There are three main events in the plot which are turning points where the action changes or becomes more intense. Which is NOT a turning point?
The deer hunt involving all the key characters
The war ship destroyer appearing on the loch
Calum and Duror being discovered in the beach hut during the terrible storm
Lady Runcie-Campbell has a personal conflict within the plot which can be defined as an inner struggle. What was this conflict between?
Between how to run an estate and what her husband expects of her
Between whether to accept Duror's advice or Tulloch’s
Between her belief that the aristocracy are born superior and her Christian belief that everyone is equal
A major part of the plot is based on what?
Calum trying to save ensnared rabbits caught in Duror’s traps
Neil resenting his brother Calum
Duror’s descent into madness and ultimately murder and his own death
What could be a clear example of Duror’s deceitful behaviour?
His attempts to spread rumours that Calum is a pervert
His attempts to have an affair with the housekeeper
His attempts to make Calum look incompetent during the deer drive
What does a conscientious objector refuse to do?
Fight and kill in the armed forces
Support the country in a time of war
Why does Lady Runcie-Campbell go to visit Peggy, Duror’s wife?
It is expected of her as the lady of the estate
She is good friends with everyone
Out of a sense of guilt at not living up to her Christian calling
Duror was a member of the Home Guard which was what?
A social club
A defence group made up of locals who were not allowed to join the Regular Armed Forces
A group of pacifists who didn’t like fighting
One of the main concerns of the plot is the idea of 'class'. Lady Runcie-Campbell is a member of which 'class'?
The nouveau riche, ‘newly rich’
The upper classes or aristocracy
The working classes
In what order is the plot or storyline told?
Through a series of flashbacks
Chronologically, in order of how events happen
Through retelling events as they happen to each character