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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 does Estelle's son say he sometimes feels like instead of her son?
2. What two things do David and Sharon have in common when they meet?
3. For what does William in "Flight Patterns" always scan airports and airplanes?
4. When Sharon calls David a liar at the end of "Do You Know Where I Am?", how many times does David say he has lied to his wife?
5. How is Marie's hair in "Flight Patterns"?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think Jackson is so eager to redeem his grandmother's powwow regalia?
2. What factors do you think contribute to and help perpetuate Jackson's homelessness in "What You Pawn, I Will Redeem"?
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. Describe Jackson's relationship with Officer Williams in "What You Pawn, I Will Redeem."
5. Why does Estelle's son say he doesn't know what an Indian is supposed to be?
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. What is Jackson's relationship with Kay?
8. In what ways is the title "Flight Patterns" related to the story?
9. What is Real Change and how is it involved in Jackson's quest for his grandmother's regalia?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss how "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" illustrates the concept of tribalism. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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