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Rewriting Adjectival Clauses as Main Clauses
and Main as Adjectival
Based on 
The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper
Illustration by N. C. Wyeth

A. Rewriting Adjectival Clauses as Main Clauses

Directions: Rewrite each sentence by changing an adjectival subordinate clause into a main clause. (You can do this by creating two main clauses or by creating compound finite verbs in one main clause.)

1. Heyward took with him a blazing knot, which threw a dim light through the narrow vista of their new apartment.

2. The uproar which had so lately echoed through the vaults of the forest was gone.
3. Beyond him again, Duncan could look into the vault opposite, which was filled with savages.
4. The remains of their provisions were spread under the shade of a beech, that stretched its horizontal limbs like a canopy above them.
5. The chief, who was born a Huron, was at last a warrior among the Mohawks!

B. Rewriting Main Clauses as Adjectival

Directions: Rewrite each sentence by changing a main clause into an adjectival subordinate clause.

1. Magua knew how to avoid the more pressing dangers, and also to elude pursuit. He entered the woods through a low ravine.

2. Hawkeye, merely uttering the mandate to "follow," moved along the route. It was the route by which they had just entered their present critical and even dangerous situation.
3. The gray-head has left marks on the back of the Huron chief. These he must hide, like a squaw, under this painted cloth of the whites.
4. The Indian had selected, for this desirable purpose, one of those steep, pyramidal hills. Such hills bear a strong resemblance to artificial mounds.
5. The open sympathy of the listeners stirred the spirit of the votary of music. His voice regained its richness and volume.