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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. Which appliance does Veronique complain doesn't work at her house?

2. What are Nanabush and Windigo?

3. Who gives Emily the injury that she has?

4. What does Pelajia bang on the table to get everyone's attention?

5. What is the name of the woman that Veronique tells Marie-Adele a story about?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Philomena's part in the fight between the women in Act 1, Scene 3, Part 1?

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

3. Does Pelajia's first idea for getting the money to travel to Toronto for the big bingo game work? What happens?

4. What is the argument between Veronique and Emily concerning Zhaboonigan about?

5. What does Veronique tell Marie-Adele is happening in Toronto and what do the women then plan?

6. Why is Veronique mad when she arrives at Marie-Adele's house in Act 1, Scene 2?

7. When Annie visits Marie-Adele's house, where Veronique is now looking after Marie-Adele's family, what does she want and why?

8. What type of clothes is Philomena wearing as she helps her sister with the roof? What happens to them?

9. What semi-serious plan do the three women: Pelajia, Philomena, and Annie, hatch while they are talking about bingo and prizes?

10. What is Annie's response to Marie-Adele's fears over what might happen after Marie-Adele's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the play, Pelajia talks about dreams for her future, dreams that she can see from the roof of her house. How is the expression "window to a better life" employed in this play? Why do the women yearn for a better life and in what ways can we see them searching for it through this "window?" How is this metaphor employed throughout the rest of the play? Provide examples from the play.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the plight of the women on the reserve. Is life harder for the women? What are their chief complaints? Why would it be harder for women than men? How do these women deal with the hardships of life? Give examples using the text.

Essay Topic 3

Women are the main focus in this play while men attain a background or even negative role. Discuss the negative or background role of the men in this play. Why are there no male characters? In what light are the male characters spoken about? What do the views and discussions of the women lead the reader to believe about the male characters in their lives? Include in your discussion the characters of Big Joey, Eugene, Simon, the Chief, Henry, and Fritz the Katz.

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