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 does Pelajia threaten Emily with when the woman dares her to fight?

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

3. What does Zhaboonigan's name mean?

4. What does Emily teasingly call Zhaboonigan?

5. Where does Pelajia say Bingo Betty should have gone?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the women learn how much money they have made through their various efforts? How much money is it?

3. What are Veronique's complaints about life on the reservation?

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

5. Describe the anticipation of the women for the biggest bingo game in the world.

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

7. 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?

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

9. How did Emily Dictionary get so tough and learn how to fight?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does the experience at the world's largest bingo game change the women characters in the play? Do they move on from bingo? Does the place of bingo change in their lives? In what other ways do these women change? How does the death of Marie-Adele affect them? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The play is broken down into two Acts, each having its own climax. Discuss the climax point of each play and how it is built up. Where does the climax, or highpoint, of Act 1 and Act 2 occur? Why is it the climax? In each case, what effect do the scenes before and after the climax have on this point? What would you say is the climax of the novel? Discuss the events that are happening at this point. What do we learn in the play through the climax events and how do they ultimately affect the resolution of the play and the characters? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

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