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 say about the city of Seattle?

2. What does Thomas ask Robert Johnson?

3. How does Robert know he needs a particular woman?

4. For what was Thomas' father known?

5. Where do Victor, Thomas and Junior practice?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Thomas ask Chess and Checkers to do and what is their response?

2. How does Lester end up with a broken nose during the game with the police?

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

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

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

6. What does the man who Thomas meets at an intersection on the reservation first say to Thomas?

7. What does the guitar do about Thomas singing to Chess, and what does Chess eventually do?

8. What surprises Thomas about Victor and Junior's music, who comes to listen to the band rehearse, what kind of music do they expect and what does the band actually play?

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

10. How does the band end up getting a name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Reservation Blues" belongs to the Native American literature genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fantasy genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between Native American literature and an historical novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Reservation Blues". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Reservation Blues". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "Reservation Blues". Consider not only Junior's suicide but the death of the band's dreams and Father Arnold leaving the priesthood.

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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