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. What are the three major themes of this story?

2. What does Bull Shield sing as he emerges from his tipi?

3. What events make Red Paint question the fairness of fate?

4. Who becomes Mik-api's apprentice in Chapter 6?

5. Which dream vision best foretells the encroachment of the white man, the over-killing of animals by the white man, and the urgent need to take action?

Short Essay Questions

1. Boss Ribs asks Fools Crow what changed his son. What does Fools Crow tell him?

2. 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?

3. Describe Yellow Kidney's return to the Lone Eater's camp.

4. What does Boss Ribs do to help his son, Fast Horse, recover from his gunshot wound that he hopes will persuade Fast Horse to stay with the Lone Eaters?

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

8. Fools Crow does not want to kill a white man as Raven asks, but is finally convinced to comply for what reason?

9. What is the purpose of the war party?

10. Who are the seizers and why have they come to talk with the Lone Eaters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the seven day journey of Fools Crow that was inspired by Nitsokan. What was going on? Why did Fools Crow need to make this journey? What was revealed to him? How did this influence his thinking in the final chapters of this book?

Essay Topic 2

What can be learned by examining the names of the Pikuni? How does the selection process of choosing Pikunis names differ from how we choose names? Is there a closer parallel between Pikunis names and our nicknames? How so?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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