Essay Topic 1
Drinking and alcoholism is a pervasive theme in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Sherman Alexie is criticized for promoting stereotypes of the drunk Indian. Do you agree with this critique? What does Alexie's portrayal of drinking on the reservation say about his sensibility as a writer? Cite examples from the book in your response.
Essay Topic 2
Why are the characters on the Spokane Indian reservation opposed to assimilation into the mainstream culture? Why do the the reservation Indians shun the urban Indians? Is it likely that a person's cultural background is totally erased? Use evidence from the book in your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Show how the significance of the title of the novel is developed through the author's use of devices such as contrast, repetition, allusion, and point of view. Cite specific examples from the novel to support your answer.
Essay Topic 4
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