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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 do the men in Victor's nightmare wear?

2. What event did Thomas witness that turned him against the Christian religion?

3. What do Victor and Junior ask Thomas when they see him with the guitar?

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

5. Who does the Indian Victor meet know?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the guitar do about Thomas singing to Chess, and what does Chess eventually do?

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

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

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

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. Why is Robert Johnson at the reservation, and what does Thomas say to him about Big Mom?

9. What does the man who Thomas meets at an intersection on the reservation first say to Thomas?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Thomas' fears show that he is more of a thinker than the other male members of the band. From the start, Thomas has been the member to make all important decisions, except when a vote is required, and he takes on the task of composing original music. Thomas' fears regarding becoming famous show that he thinks about future outcomes rather than latch onto an unrealistic and idealistic view of the effects of fame.

1. Do you think the fact that Thomas does not drink makes him more logical in his approach to life and the band's situation? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

2. What are some of the reasons Thomas might have to fear becoming famous? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

3. What do you think are some unrealistic or idealistic views of fame that many people have? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The characters Betty and Veronica are darkly comical. They believe that Native Americans have some sort of spiritual insight or wisdom. In this way they view Native Americans as stereotypes and fail to appreciate the individual. It is ironic that the two have the names Betty and Veronica, the same names as two characters from a famous comic book series. Though ironic, in this way Betty and Veronica are stereotypes of white people who have unrealistic views of Native Americans.

1. The belief that Native Americans have special insight or wisdom is prevalent in America. Explain how this perception is a type of labeling and stereotyping. Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

2. How does putting labels on a group of individuals get in the way of knowing those persons as individuals? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

3. Explain the irony of Betty and Veronica stereotyping Native Americans. Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

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