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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. In the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3, Part 2, where does Annie run out of with the mail?

2. What does Zhaboonigan's name mean?

3. Who rushes to help Marie-Adele when she drops to her knees in Act 1, Scene 3, Part 1?

4. Who does Pelajia suggest the women go to to get money for their trip?

5. Where does Veronique see Gazelle Nataways half-dressed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens between the women and Nanabush in Act 2, Scene 6 when the women stop to change their van's flat tire?

2. How is Zhaboonigan related to Veronique? How did Veronique come to care for the girl?

3. In the van on their way to Toronto, what fears does Marie-Adele express about Annie considering anything should happen to Marie-Adele?

4. Why does Pelajia give her hammer to Emily as the women get together to discuss their trip to Toronto?

5. How does Pelajia get the women's attention as they are bantering about the big bingo game? What does she want to get their attention for?

6. What do we learn about the character of Marie-Adele in Act 1, Scene 2?

7. What does Marie-Adele confess to Pelajia about her husband, Eugene, and their intimate life?

8. What is Emily Dictionary's accusation of Veronique regarding Zhaboonigan? How does the woman respond?

9. What is the women's reaction to the news about the biggest bingo game? What does Emily Dictionary specifically want to do if she wins?

10. What is Pelajia's response to Marie-Adele about her intimate confession involving her husband?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the meaning of the title "The Rez Sisters." Why does the author use the term "rez" in the title? Where else do we see the term "The Rez Sisters" referred to in the play? How does this connect with the title of the story and the story itself? Are any of the women in the play related or sisters? What could the author be trying to portray by calling the women sisters, other than in a familial relationship sense?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

There is a thematic point in the play, perhaps the most important, that "life should be enjoyed for what it is since death comes too soon and a life spent dreaming is a life wasted." How does this thematic point apply to the play? Where does it come into play? Do the characters learn this point by the end of the play? Why is this point so relevant even to people in real life?

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