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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 did Big Mom hear 134 years before Robert Johnson comes?
2. What do Victor and Junior do after the show?
3. What does Checker admit in a journal entry about Father Arnold?
4. What does Indian time mean?
5. What is affecting Victor and Junior's playing?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Victor dream about that involves his mother and his stepfather?
2. What was the mix-up with the gig in Seattle?
3. How does Checkers end up getting injured at Thomas' house?
4. What does Thomas ask Chess and Checkers to do and what is their response?
5. What does the guitar do about Thomas singing to Chess, and what does Chess eventually do?
6. What does the man who Thomas meets at an intersection on the reservation first say to Thomas?
7. What do Thomas, Victor and Junior decide to do when Victor and Junior come over to Thomas' house?
8. How did Father Arnold become a priest and how did he feel about being sent to the reservation?
9. What does Thomas do with the guitar Johnson left in his van and what do Victor and Junior say to Thomas about the guitar? What do they do to the guitar?
10. What happens when the band first arrives at Flathead Reservation and what happens about time there?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one of the following:
1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Reservation Blues".
2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Reservation Blues". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Reservation Blues". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
Essay Topic 2
The narrative in Chapter 4 switches back and forth between the present and the past when Thomas' father, Samuel, played basketball with the tribal police. The incident with the police shows in many ways how some reservation residents resent any member of the tribe that succeeds. While some reservation residents engage in almost hero worship of one who excels, plenty of others seem to feel jealousy to the point of hatred.
1. Why do you think some poor people might get jealous of people from their circumstances doing well? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.
2. What do you think is the differences in the people who hero worship someone who has done well as opposed to ones who are angry or hateful towards that person? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.
3. Why do you think the police became violent when playing ball with Samuel? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
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).
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