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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. Why does Junior get fired?

2. How does Robert know he needs a particular woman?

3. For what was Thomas' father known?

4. Why does Robert need a particular woman on the reservation?

5. What did Big Mom hear 134 years before Robert Johnson comes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Father Arnold become a priest and how did he feel about being sent to the reservation?

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

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

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

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

6. What does David Walks Along find when he returns to his office from the band rehearsal and what does the band do when they hear his news?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Reservation Blues" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Reservation Blues" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Reservation Blues" a successful novel? What about young teens?

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