Reservation Blues Test | 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. What does Chess do at her house when they first arrive?

2. What does Chess say about the city of Seattle?

3. With whom is Victor performing at the market?

4. What event did Thomas witness that turned him against the Christian religion?

5. When does Thomas write Reservation Blues?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Victor and Junior begin drinking and what is Thomas's drinking history?

2. How did Thomas' father, Samuel, end up playing basketball against six police officers when he was younger?

3. What does Thomas do after the show at Flathead?

4. Why is Robert Johnson at the reservation, and what does Thomas say to him about Big Mom?

5. What happens at a rest stop on the way to Seattle?

6. What is Victor doing while the band is waiting for their turn in the the battle of the bands?

7. What do Thomas and the two sisters do the night they find his father in the yard?

8. Why can't Chess sleep in the van due to Junior?

9. How does Checkers end up getting injured at Thomas' house?

10. What does David Walks Along find when he returns to his office from the band rehearsal and what does the band do when they hear his news?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Victor began drinking at an early age. Junior tried to avoid drinking because of what he witnessed with his parents' drinking, but Junior eventually succumbed to Victor's encouragement to drink. Thomas does not drink, but he has a father who is an alcoholic. Alcoholism has had a profound effect on the members of Coyote Springs, as it has with many Native Americans. Thomas, Victor, and Junior have all encountered tragedy due to alcoholism, whether it be one's own alcoholism or the excessive drinking of a relative.

1. What might be some of the reasons a person who had alcoholic parents and witnessing what alcoholism does would take up drinking. Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

2. What are some of the circumstances on a reservation that might push people to drink even knowing that it appears Native Americans cannot genetically handle alcohol. Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

3. What do you see is the difference in Thomas's personality from Victor or Junior's that would induce him to not drink even though he had an alcoholic father like Victor and Junior? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Reservation Blues" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Reservation Blues" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Reservation Blues" a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 3

Junior's dream is horrific in its detail. Wright and Sheridan were actual historical figures involved in the forcing of Native Americans onto reservations. While Wright might seem more compassionate to the Native American viewpoint, Sheridan seems to have no such weakness.

1. Do you think a person might be able to get insight into his/her life through a dream? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

2. What do you think is the symbolism of Wright and Sheridan in the book? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

3. What type of conflicts might Wright have had if he felt compassion for the very people he help herd onto reservations? What types of emotional and mental conflicts could he have experienced? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

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