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

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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 is unusual about Stares at Sun, the old Indian who wins the target contest?

2. Whose tent do May, Martha, and the other women run to when the Indians run amok?

3. Why was Mary initially willing to participate in the Brides for Indians program?

4. What does Captain Bourke say to May the evening before leaving the women with the Cheyenne?

5. Who is Jimmy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does May feel about the Indian's relationship with nature and their lives in the camp?

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

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

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

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

6. What do Helen and May have in common?

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

8. Who is Lydia Bradley?

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

10. What happens at the shooting tournament?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Which character broke through the gender boundaries the most? Use specific examples in the text to support your selection.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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