One Thousand White Women Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jim Fergus
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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. According to tribal custom, because Marie Blanche's husband is dead and she is pregnant, what happens to her?

2. May and Captain Bourke find they both share an interest in what subject?

3. How does May describe herself during a conversation at the dinner table about religion?

4. What does May learn about Jimmy during the last days of the trip?

5. Who is Jules Seminole?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the people the women encounter on their journey feel about their mission?

2. What is unusual about Phemie's place in the tribe?

3. How does Captain Bourke feel about their mission and the attempt to civilize the Indians?

4. What does the reader learn about the Cheyenne belief about a Cheyenne killing a Cheyenne? How does this affect May's distress about Jules Seminole?

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

6. How does May describe the camps that are set up each day during their travels?

7. What is one of the things that May and Captain Bourke share?

8. How do the white women originally learn to communicate with the Cheyenne?

9. What happens when the Indians drink whiskey?

10. Who is Jimmy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character of Captain Bourke serves as the point of contact between all the people in the story. He is a direct representative of the American government. He loves May. He respects the Indians. He commits the sin of the murder of an innocent boy when the final attack begins at the end of the book. He chooses to launch the attack even though he understands that the Indians he is about to kill are Cheyenne and not the Sioux tribe of Chief Crazy Horse, as he has been led to believe by Jules Seminole. He, then, becomes an advocate of Indian rights. Was the author's use of this character was realistic and helped the story? If so, why? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

There are times, throughout the book, that May discusses the idea of being civilized from the perspective of the Cheyenne and the white man. Who is to say, who is the more civilized? Give some examples of May's observation of the the "civilizations" of Indians and white people.

Essay Topic 3

Which character had the most dramatic growth from the beginning of the text to the end? Please support your answers with examples from the text.

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