Fools Crow Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter 13, how does Red Paint wake White Man's Dog?

2. What does Fools Crow do with the injured rider that approached him at the beginning of Chapter 16?

3. What happens when White Man's Dog tries to talk to Fast Horse about the possibility that Cold Maker could be holding Yellow Kidney until Fast Horse fulfills his vow?

4. Who does Rides-at-the-door think should be banished from the Lone Eaters?

5. What does Rides-at-the-door do while the Napikwan speak?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Heavy Shield Woman set a place for her missing husband at the meal she prepares for herself, her daughter and her two sons?

2. Why does White Man's Dog think that Yellow Kidney's disappearance and Fast Horse's dream may be related, and what does he do about it?

3. Describe Fast Horse as he in introduced in the first two chapters of this book.

4. Where does Fast Horse decide to go upon his recovery, and why?

5. What techniques does the author use to introduce the reader to the Pikuni culture?

6. When White Man's Dog marries Red Paint, her father, Yellow Kidney, gives White Man's Dog his many-shots-gun as a wedding present. Why is this particularly significant to White Man's Dog?

7. Describe White Man's Dog's recurring dream in Chapter 3.

8. What troubling dream does Eagle Ribs relate to the raiding party as they wait for Fast Horse and Yellow Kidney to catch up?

9. Why do White Man's Dog and Fast Horse plan to build a sweat lodge?

10. How does White Man's Dog manage to kill Bull Shield?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A minor theme of betrayal was also intertwined in this novel. What constitutes betrayal, and how is this portrayed in Fools Crow? In what ways do the Pikunis as a people feel betrayed? In what ways do individual characters in the story feel betrayed? Was there or can there be any restitution for betrayal?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the phrase, "the price of freedom" as it would relate to the story of Fools Crow. Who is free in this story? Who is not free? Who is losing freedom? What are the Pikunis willing to do to preserve their freedom? What are the Napikwans willing to do to preserve their freedom?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the theme of Dreams in Fools Crow. Did their belief and faith in dreams enrich their lives or limit and endanger their lives? Were they helpful in dealing with the Napikwan? Were they helpful in dealing with the white scab disease? What would the story have been like if there had been no dreams?

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