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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. How many other published Spokane Indian poets are there in "The Search Engine" besides Harlan Atwater?

2. What kind of lawyer is Bill?

3. Which of the following statements describes the father of Richard, the narrator in "Lawyer's League"?

4. Why is Richard surprised to be invited to play basketball in a lawyer's league?

5. What happens when Bill tells Richard to "go home, son"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Mr. Grief in "Do Not Go Gentle"?

2. How does Richard in "Lawyer's League" describe himself?

3. Discuss the touches of humor in "Can I Get a Witness?"

4. Before he encounters Bill and the lawyer's basketball league, does Richard's career path seem to be leading him to his goal of the Senate and the White House?

5. How is it ironic that Bill is the only prosecutor in the lawyer's basketball league?

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

7. 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?

8. What is the significance of the last line of "Lawyer's League" in which Richard says, "Do you understand I have a limited range of motion"?

9. What Native American healing traditions do the parents of the dying baby in "Do Not Go Gentle" bring into the hospital?

10. Why does the father in "Do Not Go Gentle" think his wife is more sorrowful than he is over their son's critical condition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Education is one of the themes in the stories in Ten Little Indians. Pick any three of the following stories and discuss the theme of education in each story: "The Search Engine," "Lawyer's League," "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above," and "What Ever Happened to Frank Snake Church?" What do you think the author is trying to say about education through these stories? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast three of the following African American characters from Ten Little Indians: William from "Lawyer's League," Fekadu from "Flight Patterns," and Preacher, Russell, or the point guard from "What Ever Happened to Frank Snake Church?" Do the African-American characters treat the Native American characters differently than white characters do? Do the Native American characters feel differently about the African-American characters than they do about the white characters? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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