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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 Zhaboonigan's name mean?

2. What does Annie ask if the women know is true about Gazelle Nataways?

3. What does Pelajia bang on the table to get everyone's attention?

4. Where does Veronique tell Marie-Adele she has seen Emily Dictionary going?

5. Why does Veronique's daughter become angry with herself?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. What does Pelajia say in her eulogy for Marie-Adele?

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

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

10. Describe the scene where Annie and Emily are singing at the bar.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the characters in the play including Pelajia, Philomena, Emily, Annie, Veronique, Zhaboonigan, and Marie-Adele. Who is she and how would you best describe her? What is her backstory? How does it affect her character in the play? What is her role in the play? Does she change or evolve over the course of the play? Why? 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

Nanabush is present throughout the play, but only certain characters can see him. Discuss the relationship between Nanabush and the women who can see him. Who acknowledges Nanabush? For what reason? Describe the scenes between these women and Nanabush. What is the purpose of their contact? How does it effect the play? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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