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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 believe after her honeymoon with Chief Little Wolf?
2. Who is Jimmy?
3. After the wild events at the council meeting, how does May feel about the position of the women in the tribe?
4. How does May describe the camp that is set up at the end of each day of travel?
5. On the night she was taken to the asylum, what happened to Mary's babies?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does May describe the Cheyenne children?
2. What is unusual about Phemie's place in the tribe?
3. What is discovered in the Black Hills that will change everything for the Cheyenne?
4. How does May feel about the beginning of her trip?
5. How are the women first greeted by the Cheyenne?
6. How do the people the women encounter on their journey feel about their mission?
7. How does May feel about her attraction to Captain Bourke?
8. What do Helen and May have in common?
9. What does the reader learn about the Cheyenne belief about a Cheyenne killing a Cheyenne? How does this affect May's distress about Jules Seminole?
10. Who is Martha, and how does she help May?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
What lessons can we learn from this book about prejudice, cultural differences, and living together peacefully? How do you suppose a Native American might react to this book? Can it help to bring the two cultures closer together even now?
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