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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. Near the end of "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above," what do Estelle and her son notice on the back of the white dress of a woman walking along the street?
2. What kind of work does William do?
3. In what year does "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above" begin?
4. How many questions does Sharon tell David he can ask about what she confesses to him?
5. How does William wear his hair?
Short Essay Questions
1. In what ways is the title "Flight Patterns" related to the story?
2. What does Estelle decide to do the summer her son turns thirteen, and how does her decision affect her son?
3. Describe Estelle's relationship with her son in "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above."
4. How does the lost cat illustrate the story's theme of redemption in "Do You Know Where I Am?"
5. 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?
6. How does the title of the story "Do You Know Where I Am?" relate to the story?
7. Why can't Fekadu return to Ethiopia?
8. 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?
9. In "Do You Know Where I Am?", what is Sharon's family background and is it the stereotypical background for an Indian?
10. What is William's relationship with his wife in "Flight Patterns"?
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
"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
Discuss how "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" illustrates the concept of tribalism. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.
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