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. Which of the following statements describes Richard's mother?

2. Why is Corliss drawn to Harlan Atwater's poetry?

3. Which of the following statements does not describe how the woman in "Can I Get a Witness?" feels about the people who died on September 11th?

4. What do the parents of the baby in "Do Not Go Gentle" do at their baby's hospital bedside?

5. Which of the following statements does not describe the man who asks the female main character in "Can I Get a Witness" if she's okay after the bombing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the antagonist in "Lawyer's League" and what helps identify that character as the villain/villainess?

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

3. How does Corliss think white people feel about Indians?

4. What does Richard think most Native American politicians are like?

5. Discuss the influence of Native American culture on the life of the woman in "Can I Get a Witness?"

6. 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?

7. What is the significance of Corliss's referring to her quest for information about Harlan Atwater as a "vision quest"?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the humor in "Can I Get a Witness?", "Do Not Go Gentle," "What Ever Happened to Frank Snake Church?", or "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above." Give at least three examples of humor from your chosen story and discuss what you think Sherman Alexie is trying to convey or achieve through his use of humor.

Essay Topic 2

"The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above" contains many numbered lists, notices of historical revision, and questions and answers marked Q and A. What do you think this unusual method of structure indicates about the character of the male narrator and what do you think Sherman Alexie is trying to convey in this unique format? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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