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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 happens to the man's infant son at the beginning of "Do Not Go Gentle"?

2. How many people die in the bomb explosion in "Can I Get a Witness?"

3. When Bill keeps protesting every basket Richard makes, what do the other lawyers suggest?

4. What kind of poetry does Harlan Atwater write in "The Search Engine"?

5. What does Bill say when Richard dunks the basketball?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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"?

4. Do any of the lawyers respect Richard?

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

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

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

8. How does the woman's inability to get her waiter's attention at the beginning of "Can I Get a Witness" symbolize her relationship with her husband and sons?

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

10. Are there any parallels between the bombing of the Good Food Restaurant in "Can I Get a Witness" and the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

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 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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