One Thousand White Women Test | Final 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. Who is Pretty Walker?

2. Why is Quiet One kind to May after the kidnapping ordeal?

3. What does Chief Little Wolf finally decide to do in response to the Army's demand that they go to the Agency?

4. How do all of the women feel about the new babies?

5. What does May tell Martha about the night of the abduction?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. During the cold weather, the men spend time in their sweat lodge which is off limits to women. What do the women decide to do for themselves?

4. What do the Indians do on the return trip from the fort that May believes will cause trouble?

5. What does Woman Who Moves Against the Wind, the tribal holy woman, see for the Cheyenne future?

6. What happens to Chief Little Wolf and some members of the tribe that makes him reconsider who their enemy really is?

7. What happens to the women on one of these morning outings?

8. How does May describe Anthony?

9. How does Chief Little Wolf respond to the Sioux request that the Cheyenne join them as they go to war against the white man?

10. As a result of the Crow incident, how does Quiet One's attitude toward May change and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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