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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What prize is awarded for winning the practice game?
2. What does Philomena say is the day that her and Pelajia's mother died?
3. In Act 2, we see the women in a montage of scenes desperately trying to do what?
4. How much money do the women make in their various efforts for their trip to Toronto?
5. What does Nanabush appear disguised as in Act 2, Scene 6?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the play, the relationships between the women evolve and change. Sometimes the women have a negative, violent relationship with each other and at other times, they can be vulnerable and intimate with each other. Discuss this changing relationship between the characters. Who expresses it? Why does it change? What effect does it have on the play? Use examples from the play to support your answer.
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 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.
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