Ten Little Indians Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does the woman feel about her children in "Can I Get a Witness?"

2. Why doesn't Corliss own her own computer?

3. Why don't the parents of the baby in "Do Not Go Gentle" name their son at the beginning of the story?

4. To what kind of dinner is Richard invited?

5. What kind of toys does the father in "Do Not Go Gentle" intend to buy for his son?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Corliss differ from the rest of her family?

3. Why do you think Chocolate Thunder appeals to the father in "Do Not Go Gentle"?

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

5. 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?

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

7. What are the similarities between the man and woman who meet after the bombing in "Can I Get a Witness"?

8. What unconventional thoughts does the woman in "Can I Get a Witness" have about the victims of September 11th?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the relationship of Sharon and David in "Do You Know Where I Am" with the relationship of William and Marie in "Flight Patterns" and the relationship of the unnamed parents in "Do Not Go Gentle." Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" illustrates the concept of tribalism. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

Death is a theme or plot element in numerous stories in Sherman Alexie's Ten Little Indians. Compare and contrast the handling of the subject of death and grief in any three stories from the collection. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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