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. How is Victor feeling as the band is walking along?

2. Why do Victor and Junior have to stay at Thomas' house?

3. What is the basic content of the letter printed in the reservation newspaper?

4. What does Big Mom succeed in getting for for Thomas, Chess, and Checkers?

5. About what does Victor dream the day before Junior kills himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Junior say about his white college girlfriend?

2. What happens at Junior's funeral?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What happens when Michael White Hawk sees Victor, Junior, Betty and Veronica?

9. What does Junior do when the band leaves Big Mom?

10. What do Thomas and Chess talk about regarding fame?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Reservation Blues", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Reservation Blues". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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