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. What does May observe about Indian social structure?

2. As the women prepare to leave with the Indians, who joins them?

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

4. What event occurs that makes May feel that men are foolish, loutish creatures?

5. What has Helen become during her time with the tribe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What terrible thing happens that make the women believe the Cheyenne are truly savages?

2. What happens to Reverend Hare that changes his standing in the tribe?

3. How does May feel about Chief Little Wolf after he speaks out against Jules in the tribal council?

4. What do Helen and May have in common?

5. What does Captain Bourke feel is the only way to civilize the Indians?

6. Who is Jimmy?

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

8. How does Chief Little Wolf respond to the Sioux request that the Cheyenne join them as they go to war against the white man?

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

10. How does May feel about her attraction to Captain Bourke?

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

Please describe the character of May Dodd. What are some of the characteristics that made it possible for her to adapt to her new life? People change, but did May remain true to herself in the end? Was she the best person to tell the story, or would one of the other women have been a better choice? Fully support your answer with examples from the text.

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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