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. How do the women first meet some of the members of the Cheyenne tribe?

2. What is the President's Indian Peace Plan?

3. How does Captain Bourke behave during the trip to the Indians?

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

5. How does May describe the Indian's hunting?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Lydia Bradley?

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

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

4. How do May and Captain Bourke feel about each other the first time they meet?

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

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

7. Who are some of the people that May meets in those first few days of travel after leaving the asylum?

8. Where does Chief Little Wolf go after the night of whiskey, and how does he return?

9. How does May describe the Cheyenne children?

10. How does May describe the wedding ceremony?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the use of symbolism in the names of some of the characters in the story.

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

How does the fact that the author is a man affect the reader's view of the journals of a woman? Jim Fergus was intrigued by the existence of the program and curious about the kinds of women that would have participated in such a program. Do you feel that the author was successful in his impersonation? Do you feel that as a man, he might have been able to add an additional depth to May Dodd's journals? How do you feel about how his life experiences might have affected this creation?

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