Reviewing Source Materials

Of Cannibals

Work Time

When you have finished reading, share your annotations and summaries with your reading group.

Discuss these questions in your reading group.

  • What does Montaigne say about the native peoples in the Americas?
  • What is his criticism of how his contemporary European culture behaves toward “native” peoples in newly discovered lands?

Appoint a spokesperson to share your ideas with the whole class.

Then discuss with the whole class Montaigne’s response to information about American Indian peoples in his essay “Of Cannibals.”

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