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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 Indian time mean?

2. What happens to Victor's guitar when he is playing?

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

4. What does David Walks Along say about the band?

5. What does Chess say about her mother's death?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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 Chess do when Victor and Junior are sleeping in the van?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "Reservation Blues"? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in "Reservation Blues" including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Reservation Blues" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Reservation Blues". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Alexie chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Alexie chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Alexie's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Alexie use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Reservation Blues is? Explain your response.

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