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. What do Veronique's daughter and Marie-Adele talk about picking?

2. Who is dancing along behind the women as they make their way to the band office?

3. What language does Emily remind Annie that she doesn't speak?

4. Who is actually in disguise as the seagull Marie-Adele is throwing things at?

5. What is the name of the Indian reserve that the women live on?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Pelajia comment to her sister, Philomena, about bingo and the old ways?

3. What is Pelajia's first idea for getting the money to travel to Toronto for the big bingo game? What is her argument for this idea?

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

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

6. What happens between Emily and Zhaboonigan at the end of Act 2, Scene 6? Are you surprised by this?

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

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

9. How does Philomena describe her life in Toronto?

10. What specific things do the women do in their efforts to raise money for the trip to Toronto?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the history of Indian reserves in Canada in the context of how the reserve affected the author who subsequently wrote the play. What is the author trying to say about life on a reserve through this play? Is his message effective? Is his message universal or solely having to do with Indian women on a reserve? How is the message more effective in the form of the play as opposed to another literary category such as a novel? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

This play seems to center around the game of bingo. Describe the role of bingo in this play. What is the importance of the game of bingo? Why are the characters so obsessed with winning the big prize in bingo? What does bingo mean for the women in the play? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the relationship between mother and child is present in the play and its impact on the play. What mother/child relationships are present in the play? Why is this relationship important to the characters? How does this relationship affect the characters involved and other characters on the outside? Explain your answer using examples from the play.

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