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. Why won't Robert shake hands with Thomas?

2. What does Thomas tell the sisters about his mother?

3. What does Chess tell Thomas about her brother?

4. What is Thomas's last name?

5. Who does Samuel injure in a game?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What does Thomas ask Chess about her church, what is her response and what story does he tell that starts her crying?

3. What happens when the band first arrives at Flathead Reservation and what happens about time there?

4. What does the guitar ask of Thomas while they wait for Victor and Junior and what is Thomas' response?

5. What do Thomas and Chess do when Victor and Junior are sleeping in the van?

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

7. What happens to the band on the way to a venue not on an Indian Reservation and what surprises the band about the incident?

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

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

10. What does Checkers tell Father Arnold when she visits him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The relationship between Thomas and his tormentors Victor and Junior is familiar and conditioned over time. Clearly these men have known each other since childhood and they continue to act the same way toward each other as they did as children. Victor and Junior are the oppressors, and Thomas is the passive victim.

1. Why do you think it is difficult to change our relationship with a person we have known for many years? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

2. What do you think are some of the reasons a bully victimizes others? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Thomas remains passive when he is bullied by Victor and Junior? Look at Thomas, not only in the present, but also the clues one is given from his childhood. Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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