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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 Veronique's daughter become angry with herself?

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

3. What did the woman Veronique complains about recently receive?

4. What is the name of the loose woman who hangs around the strip club?

5. Why does Philomena tell Emily that she should respect Veronique?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is going on with Annie at the end of the play after the bingo game?

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

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

4. What does Zhaboonigan try to do as Marie-Adele is being led away with Nanabush? Why do you think she tries to do this?

5. In the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3, Part 1, what does Annie tell Emily she was not able to find out? What do they resolve to do?

6. Who does Philomena tell a story about at the end of Act 1, Scene 1? What is the story about?

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

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

9. Describe the encounter between Marie-Adele and Nanabush at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2.

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

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

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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