Ride the Wind: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker and the Last Days of the Comanche Test | Final Test - Hard

Lucia St. Clair Robson
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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 causes the journey back from Plum Creek to be so difficult on young warriors like Upstream?

2. What item does Wanderer find in Linnville that he feels Naduah will like?

3. What is causing the buffalo to become less prevalent on Indian lands during the novel's setting?

4. Why does Buffalo Piss come to the Quahadi in Chapter 38?

5. What is bartering?

Short Essay Questions

1. What, to Buffalo Piss, is like asking an Indian to stop breathing?

2. Where is Naduah taken after her capture? For what purpose?

3. What news does Bear Cub bring to Wanderer's band when he catches up to them?

4. How do the Indians prefer to live their lives?

5. Why does Bear Cub vow vengeance against Elder James Parker? What does Elder's actions say about white man's feeling toward Indians?

6. Why does Pahayuca make the decision to leave the reservation?

7. What does Wanderer convinces the mayordomo of a New Mexico Indian tribe he must do?

8. Why do the Comanche find themselves forced to trespass on Tanawa territory?

9. What is Plum Creek? What happens there?

10. By whom is Naduah spotted during a raid by the Noconi? What happens as a result?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following themes of the novel:

1) Kidnapping

2) Indian Customs

3) Family

4) Morality.

Essay Topic 2

Who is Placido? Why does he capture Eagle and Wanderer? What does he plan to do with them? What does he do to Eagle? Why does Placido vow revenge against Wanderer? Why does Placido team with the whites to find Wanderer's band of Indians? What is the result of this collaboration? How does Placido finally die? What happens to his killer?

Essay Topic 3

Bear Cub comes to the conclusion that the time of the Indians is coming to an end. Is he right? How has Indian life changed over the years the Parkers have been with the Comanche? What has caused this change? Could the Indians have done something to prevent this? Could the white man? Why did the younger Indians resist moving to the reservations so much? What happened on the reservations? Would these have been better places for the Comanche? Could it have prevented starvation and death? Explain.

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