The Rez Sisters Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the opening scene of the play.

Pelajia is working on her roof on the Wasaychigan Indian Reserve. She is talking to her sister, Philomena, as Philomena helps Pelajia by handing her supplies. The women are sharing some of their desires, goals, and dreams with each other.

2. What is the main subject of conversation between the women in Act 1, Scene 1?

The conversation of the women is primarily focused on bingo and subjects in their lives surrounding it. They talk about what they would do if they won the big prize in bingo. They also share stories of others and their experiences with bingo.

3. What do the women in Act 1, Scene 1 say they want to do with their bingo winnings?

Pelajia has the most unselfish idea for how to use her money if she won the big prize. She plans on giving it to the chief to build new real roads on the reservation instead of dirt roads. However, Philomena and Annie have more personal desires. Annie wants the money so that she can go live in Sudbury with her daughter and go shopping at the record store. Philomena just wants a new toilet.

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