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 effect does Phemie's victory in the races have on the women?

2. What is Captain Bourke's comment about May Dodd's suggestion that the woman might be able to bring an appreciation for white civilization to the savages?

3. What does Reverend Hare tell May she is when she returns to camp?

4. How does May describe the camp that is set up at the end of each day of travel?

5. What does May observe about the roles of men and women in the tribe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does May learn about the fort Indians and the Indians living with their tribes?

2. How are the women first greeted by the Cheyenne?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What happens on May's "honeymoon" with the Chief?

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

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

Who is the book's antagonist? Please support your answer with details and examples from the book. Do you think this character was realistic and well developed or one dimensional?

Essay Topic 3

Now that you know Chief Little Wolf, why do you think he wanted to invite white women to intermarry and bear Indian children as a way of bring the cultures closer together? For instance, he could have suggested an exchange of students and other young people to simply learn about each other. Instead, he chose the most powerful of relationships as a means of bind the cultures. What do you think of his decision? Would another approach have been better?

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