The Rez Sisters Test | Mid-Book 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. Why does Philomena yell at everyone to be quiet during the argument in Act 1, Scene 3, Part 1?

2. What does Gazelle Nataways tell Veronique about bingo?

3. What does Veronique say about Emily Dictionary's name during their argument?

4. What is Emily Dictionary's real last name?

5. What date does Marie-Adele's important event in Toronto fall on?

Short Essay Questions

1. During Act 1, Scene3, Part 2, Emily Dictionary does a lot of teasing. Who does she specifically pick on and what does she tease them about?

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

3. How do the women learn about the biggest bingo game in the world? When is it and how much is the grand prize?

4. What starts the argument between Emily and Veronique in Act 1, Scene 3, Part 1?

5. Describe the opening scene of the play.

6. What is the conversation between Emily and Annie while Annie is driving the van to Toronto?

7. What does Emily reveal about her days in San Francisco with a biker gang? What does she say about her friend and what she is angry about?

8. What happens when the women get frustrated after they aren't successful at the bingo game?

9. What does Veronique say that she will do with her bingo winnings?

10. As the women meet to try and plan their trip to Toronto and the biggest bingo game, what do they argue about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the different structural elements executed in the play and what they do for the play as a whole. What lighting or sound changes occur and what prompts them? Are they necessary in the play? What is the author's purpose in using them? Also, discuss the montage scene in Act 2. Answer the previous questions about this scene. What do these structures do for the play as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

Community with others is a large part of the human experience. Discuss the community within the play. Do we get a sense of community among the women? What is the most important community group for these women in the play? For example, is their physical community, where they live, as important as their personal, relationship community with each other? How does this sense of community affect the characters and how do they change throughout the play because of it? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Nanabush is present throughout the play, but only certain characters can see him. Discuss the relationship between Nanabush and the women who can see him. Who acknowledges Nanabush? For what reason? Describe the scenes between these women and Nanabush. What is the purpose of their contact? How does it effect the play? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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