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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 Marie in "Flight Patterns" do for a living?
2. Why did the taxi driver leave his birth country?
3. What do Estelle and her son frequently forget?
4. What health problem does William have?
5. What does Jackson say is the only thing at which he's ever been good or effective?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Estelle's son say he doesn't know what an Indian is supposed to be?
2. 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.
3. 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?
4. In "Do You Know Where I Am?", what is David's family background and is it the stereotypical background for an Indian?
5. How does the lost cat illustrate the story's theme of redemption in "Do You Know Where I Am?"
6. Why does Estelle Walks Above change her name?
7. In what ways does "Flight Patterns" reflect that it takes place in a post-September 11th world?
8. Why do you think Jackson is so eager to redeem his grandmother's powwow regalia?
9. What is Jackson's relationship with Kay?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Do you think Sharon in "Do You Know Where I Am" ever truly forgives David for his lies about the lost cat? Why or why not? Cite at least three examples from the text to support your arguments.
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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