Reservation Blues Test | Final 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. What have Thomas, Victor and Junior heard about Big Mom?

2. Who is sitting at Big Mom's house?

3. Out of how many bars have Junior and Victor been thrown?

4. Who hears Johnson singing?

5. Where does Robert Johnson stay?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Thomas in church and what does he decide needs done?

2. How do Thomas and the sisters get money to leave the reservation and what do they see as they are leaving?

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

4. What was Big Mom's past connection with Michael White Hawk?

5. What does Sheridan want to do with Betty and Veronica?

6. What happens when Thomas and Chess return to the hotel and what surprises them about their room?

7. What problem does the band encounter at the airport and what does Thomas do during the flight?

8. How does the band get involved with Sheridan and Wright?

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

10. What does the band do mostly in Chapter Six and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The relationship between Thomas and his tormentors Victor and Junior is familiar and conditioned over time. Clearly these men have known each other since childhood and they continue to act the same way toward each other as they did as children. Victor and Junior are the oppressors, and Thomas is the passive victim.

1. Why do you think it is difficult to change our relationship with a person we have known for many years? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

2. What do you think are some of the reasons a bully victimizes others? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Thomas remains passive when he is bullied by Victor and Junior? Look at Thomas, not only in the present, but also the clues one is given from his childhood. Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

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

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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