One Thousand White Women Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

Jim Fergus
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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does May describe the sanitation at the camp?

2. What does Helen do that the Indian women consider scandalous?

3. What does May believe Narcissa is planning as they near the fort?

4. Who is Pretty Walker?

5. How do the twins, whose husbands participated in the raid on the Shoshone, react to the bag of Shoshone infant's hands?

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

There are times, throughout the book, that May discusses the idea of being civilized from the perspective of the Cheyenne and the white man. Who is to say, who is the more civilized? Give some examples of May's observation of the the "civilizations" of Indians and white people.

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