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. Which of the following statements is not marital advice Estelle gives her son?

2. What happens to Sharon when she and David are sixty-six years old?

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

4. What does Jackson try to sell to earn money to redeem the pow-wow regalia from the pawnshop?

5. How does Jackson get the pow-wow regalia at the end of "What You Pawn, I Will Redeem"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is William's relationship with his wife in "Flight Patterns"?

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

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

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

5. Why does Estelle Walks Above change her name?

6. Describe what Sharon and David do with their children on the day Sharon confesses her infidelity and what it indicates about Sharon and David's relationship.

7. Why do you think Jackson is so eager to redeem his grandmother's powwow regalia?

8. What factors do you think contribute to and help perpetuate Jackson's homelessness in "What You Pawn, I Will Redeem"?

9. What is Real Change and how is it involved in Jackson's quest for his grandmother's regalia?

10. In what ways is the title "Flight Patterns" related to the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sherman Alexie uses foreshadowing throughout Ten Little Indians. Give at least three examples of foreshadowing from the short stories in this collection and discuss how foreshadowing is used in each example to indicate events to come later in the story.

Essay Topic 2

Grief and depression are themes in "Can I Get a Witness," "Do Not Go Gentle," and "What Ever Happened to Frank Snake Church?" Discuss how these themes are handled in each story and how each character copes with emotional pain. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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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