One Thousand White Women Short Essay - Answer Key

Jim Fergus
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is the proposal that Chief Little Wolf presents to President Grant and why?

Chief Little Wolf suggests that they United States accept an offer of 1,000 horses in exchange for 1,000 white women whose task it would be to spend two years with the tribe during which time they would marry and give birth to a child. He believes this would help the two cultures understand each other better.

2. Where is May at the beginning of the story, and why is she there?

May is an inmate in an insane asylum. She is there because she was living with a man out of wedlock and had two illegitimate children. She was committed for being promiscuous.

3. Who is Martha, and how does she help May?

Martha works at the asylum and believes May was wrongly institutionalized. She helps May forge the necessary papers so that she can participate in the program.

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