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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 did the man's ex-wife used to call him in "Can I Get a Witness?"

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

3. Where is the man in "Do Not Go Gentle" when he falls into a waking sleep?

4. What kind of store does the man in "Do Not Go Gentle" mistakenly visit instead of a toy store?

5. What happens when Corliss calls Harlan Atwater on the phone?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

5. Do any of the lawyers respect Richard?

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

7. What is Richard's relationship with Teresa and how does it compare with what he wishes it was?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ceremony is an important aspect of Native American spirituality. Discuss the role of ceremony in "Do Not Go Gentle," "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," and "Whatever Happened to Frank Snake Church?" Give examples of ceremony in each story and discuss its influence on the characters and theme. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how the following characters either defy or define stereotypes of Indian women: Estelle Walks Above, Corliss Joseph, and Rose of Sharon. Are their backgrounds and character traits typical or atypical of the stereotype of Indian women? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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