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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 do in the first morning with the Indian tribe that amuses the Indians?
2. What is Captain Bourke concerned about when he is alone with May in his tent?
3. After May returns to her tent, what is Martha most concerned about?
4. What event captures the attention of Helen Flight on the train trip?
5. Who is the Kelly twins' ace-in-the-hole in their gambling enterprise?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is unusual about Phemie's place in the tribe?
2. Where is May at the beginning of the story, and why is she there?
3. What does May try to do each morning, and who often joins her?
4. How does May feel about the Indian's relationship with nature and their lives in the camp?
5. How does the nomadic life of the Cheyenne tribe end?
6. How do the people the women encounter on their journey feel about their mission?
7. What does Woman Who Moves Against the Wind, the tribal holy woman, see for the Cheyenne future?
8. What do Helen and May have in common?
9. Who will May be living with in her new life with the tribe?
10. What is one of the things that May and Captain Bourke share?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Leadership is certainly a strong theme throughout One Thousand White Women. What kind of a leader was Chief Little Wolf? What, if any, qualities of a good or strong leader did he exemplify? Was his personality common among the Indians, or was he an exceptional man?
Essay Topic 2
How did this story changed you? If you could identify one thing that made a lasting impression, what would that be and why? On an emotional level, would you recommend the book?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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