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 did the woman Veronique complains about recently receive?

2. What women's group was Emily involved with in San Francisco?

3. What illness does Marie-Adele have?

4. Who watches Gazelle Nataways' children when she goes off with Big Joey?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Annie's response to Marie-Adele's fears over what might happen after Marie-Adele's death?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. As Pelajia is on her roof in the final scene of the play, she again imagines a better life on the reserve. What role does she say she wish she had and how does she say life would be better because of it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

We see an abundance of physical and emotional violence in the play. It almost seems as this is a way of life among the women. Discuss the presence of physical and emotional violence in the play. Who expresses it and for what reason? Does this attitude change? How does the violence affect the women and is it supported? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the plight of the women on the reserve. Is life harder for the women? What are their chief complaints? Why would it be harder for women than men? How do these women deal with the hardships of life? Give examples using the text.

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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