The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What major episode occurs during a New Year's Eve party in 1976?

Two of Victor's uncles, Adolph and Arnold, are brutally fighting each other during a New Year's Eve party. Victor watches the fight between his uncles from his bedroom window: they fight in the snow until they come to an agreement, but both are badly beaten.

2. What happens to Victor's parents at the New Year's Eve party in 1976?

Victor's parents, along with the rest of the adults on the Indian reservation, are drinking to excess. Victor is sad when he finds his parents passed out on the bed from drinking too much. Victor lies down next to them in bed and can feel the alcohol seeping from their bodies.

3. What are the "hurricanes" that are plaguing the Indian reservation?

Victor talks about the real weather hurricanes that devastate the lives of those that endure it and he connects this devastation to his own life on the reservation. There are hurricanes in the emotional sphere of the reservation.

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