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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 kind of lawyer is Bill?

2. Who settles a lawsuit out of court in "Lawyer's League"?

3. How do Corliss's father and uncles feel about poetry?

4. What does Richard think Bill's problem with dunking really is?

5. In "The Search Engine," what is the title of Harlan Atwater's poetry book?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Do You Know Where I Am?", what is David's family background and is it the stereotypical background for an Indian?

2. Describe Frank's relationship with his parents in "What Ever Happened to Frank Snake Church?"

3. What is the significance of Harlan Atwater not giving his real name to Corliss?

4. What does Estelle decide to do the summer her son turns thirteen, and how does her decision affect her son?

5. With their education and prosperity, David and Sharon are well assimilated into mainstream American culture. Does "Do You Know Where I Am?" contain examples of the effects of Native American culture in their lives?

6. Explain why Corliss identifies so strongly with Harlan Atwater.

7. What do Corliss's apartment and the way it is furnished indicate about Corliss?

8. What does the opening scene of "The Search Engine" in which Corliss watches the young couple in the student union cafe foreshadow?

9. Do you think the woman in "Can I Get a Witness" is thinking clearly after the bombing, or do you think her head injury affects her speech and behavior?

10. Why do you think Estelle fails to help the bleeding woman in the final scene of the story and how does this failure affect her relationship with her son?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the way white people think about Indians and interact with them in "Search Engine," "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above," and "What You Pawn I Will Redeem." Give examples from the stories to illustrate your conclusions.

Essay Topic 2

"Lawyer's League," "Do Not Go Gentle," and "Do You Know Where I Am?" are written in the first-person point of view while the other stories in Ten Little Indians are written in the third-person point of view. Discuss why you think Sherman Alexie selected the first-person viewpoint for each of these three stories. Also discuss whether you think first-person is an effective viewpoint for these stories. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

Jackson in "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," Estelle in "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above," Corliss in "The Search Engine," Richard in "Lawyer's League," and William in "Flight Patterns" are all Indian characters but they are diverse in their educational, financial, social, and professional statuses. Select any three of these characters and discuss the differences among them. What do you think Sherman Alexie is trying to say about Indians in creating such varied characters to depict Indian life in America? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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