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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 happens that causes some distress among the women, especially Martha?
2. Which other woman frequently joins May at the beginning of her favorite time of day?
3. What happens very soon after the Cheyenne arrive at the winter camp?
4. How has the relationship of the white women who joined the Brides for Indians program evolved during the time they have spent with the Cheyenne?
5. What does Helen do that the Indian women consider scandalous?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. How does the nomadic life of the Cheyenne tribe end?
3. What happens to May's journals?
4. How does Chief Little Wolf respond to the Sioux request that the Cheyenne join them as they go to war against the white man?
5. How does Chief Little Wolf feel about taking the tribe to the Agency?
6. What is unusual about Wren?
7. What does Anthony decide to do as the tribe prepares to move to the Agency?
8. What happens to the women on one of these morning outings?
9. How does Phemie handle her life in the tribe?
10. How are the women seen when they enter the fort with the Cheyenne after living almost six months with the Cheyenne?
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
How did this story changed you? If you could identify one thing that made a lasting impression, what would that be and why? On an emotional level, would you recommend the book?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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