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. Who are upset with the men playing music?

2. How many generations has Big Mom seen come and go?

3. What does Junior dream about a car when he was young?

4. What does Chess ask Thomas about religion?

5. What is affecting Victor and Junior's playing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Thomas' father, Samuel, end up playing basketball against six police officers when he was younger?

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

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

4. What does Chess ask Thomas about religion and how does Thomas respond?

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

6. What was the mix-up with the gig in Seattle?

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

8. What does Victor dream about that involves his mother and his stepfather?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Reservation Blues" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Reservation Blues", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Reservation Blues". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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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