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. What will Thomas have to do if he cannot play a song on the guitar?

2. How do Betty and Veronica earn a living?

3. What does Victor want to do when he finds out they will be competing against twenty bands?

4. Why did Junior start to drink?

5. What does Johnson do when he gets out of Thomas' vehicle?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the band end up getting a name?

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

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

5. 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?

6. How does Checkers end up getting injured at Thomas' house?

7. 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?

8. What do Thomas, Victor and Junior decide to do when Victor and Junior come over to Thomas' house?

9. What does Thomas ask Chess about her church, what is her response and what story does he tell that starts her crying?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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