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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 is Chess and Checkers last name?

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

3. What does Victor dream about his stepfather?

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

5. Who pulls Samuel over when Samuel is driving?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Thomas do after the show at Flathead?

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. How does the song "Reservation Blues" come about?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Sherman Alexie.

2. What in Alexie's background may have helped him in writing "Reservation Blues"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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