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. Where does the band perform for their second performance?

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

3. Where did Father Arnold decide to become a priest?

4. In what year does Johnson say he faked his death?

5. What market place in Seattle does the band visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens with the guitar and Thomas the night he plays for Victor and Junior?

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

5. How does the song "Reservation Blues" come about?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "Reservation Blues" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Thomas. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Chess. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Junior. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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.

(see the answer keys)

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