Ten Little Indians Test | Final 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. Why is the regalia Jackson spots in the pawnshop window no longer in the possession of its rightful owner?

2. How many questions does Sharon tell David he can ask about what she confesses to him?

3. How long has it been since the taxi driver in "Flight Patterns" has seen his children?

4. What does Sharon's confession initially make David want to do to her?

5. What does Estelle do after she spots the woman in the white dress?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Estelle fails to help the bleeding woman in the final scene of the story and how does this failure affect her relationship with her son?

2. Regarding "Flight Patterns," discuss William's familiarity with Donna Fargo and Patsy Cline and what it indicates.

3. How are white people depicted in "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above" and how does this depiction compare to Estelle's opinion of white people?

4. With their education and prosperity, David and Sharon are well assimilated into mainstream American culture. Does "Do You Know Where I Am?" contain examples of the effects of Native American culture in their lives?

5. How does the title of the story "Do You Know Where I Am?" relate to the story?

6. Describe Estelle's relationship with her son in "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above."

7. How does the lost cat illustrate the story's theme of redemption in "Do You Know Where I Am?"

8. Why does Estelle's son say he doesn't know what an Indian is supposed to be?

9. Why does Estelle Walks Above change her name?

10. Describe Jackson's relationship with Officer Williams in "What You Pawn, I Will Redeem."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast any three of the following male characters from the short stories in Ten Little Indians: Harlan Atwater, Richard, the unnamed man in "Can I Get a Witness," the father in "Do Not Go Gentle," William, David, Jackson and Frank Snake Church. Include a discussion of how they are each assimilated into mainstream American culture and how they are affected by Native American culture. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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