Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When does Thomas write Reservation Blues?
2. Who does the Indian Victor meet know?
3. What kind of music does the band play?
4. What happens to Victor's guitar when he is playing?
5. How are the newspaper reviews of the band?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Checkers find when she sneaks out of Thomas' house and goes to the church?
2. How did Victor and Junior begin drinking and what is Thomas's drinking history?
3. What does Victor do at the studio and after they leave?
4. What does Checkers think about the band and why does she think that?
5. How do the members of the band feel when they first see Big Mom and what does she tell Victor?
6. What knocks the band to the ground and what does Thomas ask Big Mom? How does she respond to his question?
7. What does Chess ask Thomas about religion and how does Thomas respond?
8. What happens to the band in the recording studio?
9. Why does Wright bust into Checkers' hotel room?
10. What is Victor doing while the band is waiting for their turn in the the battle of the bands?
"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?
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.
Although "Reservation Blues" did not end on a happy note, many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels do end on a happy note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Reservation Blues" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Reservation Blues" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
4. How does the ending of Reservation Blues affect your perception of whether it is a good book or not? Would you have rather seen a more positive ending? Why do you think the author ended the book on a somewhat negative note?
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