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

2. What does Michael White Hawk say about the band in the local paper?

3. What does the guitar do during the night?

4. Why are Chess and Checkers worried about Thomas?

5. What does Victor dream about his stepfather?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the members of the band feel when they first see Big Mom and what does she tell Victor?

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

5. 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?

6. What knocks the band to the ground and what does Thomas ask Big Mom? How does she respond to his question?

7. What does Checkers find when she sneaks out of Thomas' house and goes to the church?

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

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

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

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Reservation Blues".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Reservation Blues". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Reservation Blues". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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