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. Who attacks Victor and Junior when they go to a store?

2. What pain does Junior recall?

3. Who does Big Mom say Victor should forgive?

4. What happens to Thomas during the church service?

5. To whom does Big Mom say Robert Johnson's guitar belongs?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to the band in the recording studio?

3. How does Victor see Junior again and what does he do when he sees Junior?

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

5. What does Victor dream about the guitar?

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

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

8. What happens at Junior's funeral?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Reservation Blues". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Reservation Blues". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "Reservation Blues". Consider not only Junior's suicide but the death of the band's dreams and Father Arnold leaving the priesthood.

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

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?

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