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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. Who are upset with the men playing music?

2. What does Victor dream about his stepfather?

3. Why won't Robert shake hands with Thomas?

4. What is the name of the Indian reservation where a black man comes at the beginning of the book?

5. What does the band find when they arrive at Thomas' house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the guitar ask of Thomas while they wait for Victor and Junior and what is Thomas' response?

2. What does Chess tell Checkers she and Thomas are going to do, what does she ask Checkers and what does Checkers ask Chess?

3. Where does Johnson stay on the reservation, what is his hope and what does Big Mom tell him?

4. 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?

5. What does Checkers think about the band and why does she think that?

6. How did Victor and Junior begin drinking and what is Thomas's drinking history?

7. How does Father Arnold end up going to comfort the band?

8. What was in the conversation Father Arnold has with the bishop?

9. What do Sheridan and Wright do after talking to the band?

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

Essay 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

Characters are an important part of what makes "Reservation Blues" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Thomas. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Chess. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Junior. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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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