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. To where does Chess say she is thinking of moving?

2. What is Chess and Checkers last name?

3. What does Checkers do while Thomas and Chess talk?

4. What do the men in Victor's nightmare wear?

5. What is Thomas's last name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What surprises Thomas about Victor and Junior's music, who comes to listen to the band rehearse, what kind of music do they expect and what does the band actually play?

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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