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

3. Who is Marie-Adele?

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

5. Why does Philomena yell at everyone to be quiet during the argument in Act 1, Scene 3, Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the opening scene of the play.

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

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

4. What is Nanabush's role in the scene as the women meet to plan their trip to Toronto?

5. Annie is picked to be the first driver on the trip to Toronto. What is Annie's driving like in Act 2, Scene 5?

6. 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?

7. Why is Pelajia upset with Annie in Act 1, Scene 1? What is Annie's response?

8. What is Emily Dictionary's accusation of Veronique regarding Zhaboonigan? How does the woman respond?

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

10. How does Emily Dictionary end up with a black eye? How did she defend herself?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character or spirit of Nanabush in the play. How is he represented? At what times does he show up during the play? How does he affect the lives of the women? Who can see him and why? Why is he important to the lives of the women? Explain how he is an important element of the play both thematically and structurally. Use examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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