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Jim Fergus
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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. Why does Martha decide to join the Brides for Indians program?

2. What does May believe happened during the wedding ceremony?

3. The women are depressed, but Phemie brings some cheer by doing what?

4. Who are the Kelly sisters, Margaret and Susan?

5. What happens to Jules Seminole because he brought the whiskey to the tribe?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Phemie handle her life in the tribe?

2. How does the ordeal with the Crow Indians end for the women?

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

4. How does May describe the Cheyenne children?

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

6. What happens when the Indians drink whiskey?

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

8. After encountering Jules Seminole, how does May feel about Chief Little Wolf?

9. How does Chief Little Wolf feel about taking the tribe to the Agency?

10. Who accompanies the women back from the fort to the Cheyenne camp?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What part does the land and nature play in this book? Why does Jim Fergus choose to spend so much time describing the land, the seasons, and the part that living so close to nature played in Indian life? How does the reaction of May and the other women to their chance to live so close to nature, contribute to the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe the book's ending and whether or not it is a satisfactory ending for readers. Is it historically accurate? What part does the seer's prophecy play in making the ending more powerful? Does the ending satisfy the bulk of readers' questions?

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