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. What does Jackson do with his lottery winnings?

2. Why do David and Sharon each spend their college graduation day alone?

3. What does Sharon give David for his fortieth birthday?

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. What does the taxi driver say when passengers ask him if he's East Coast or West Coast?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jackson consider himself an "effective" homeless man?

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

3. 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.

4. What is Jackson's relationship with Kay?

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

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

7. Why can't Fekadu return to Ethiopia?

8. What does Estelle decide to do the summer her son turns thirteen, and how does her decision affect her son?

9. In "Do You Know Where I Am?", what is David's family background and is it the stereotypical background for an Indian?

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

Compare and contrast the three female characters from the short stories in Ten Little Indians: Corliss, the unnamed female protagonist in "Can I Get a Witness," Estelle, the mother in "Do Not Go Gentle" and Sharon. Include a discussion of how they are each assimilated into mainstream American culture and how they are affected by Native American culture and cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Jackson in "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," Estelle in "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above," Corliss in "The Search Engine," Richard in "Lawyer's League," and William in "Flight Patterns" are all Indian characters but they are diverse in their educational, financial, social, and professional statuses. Select any three of these characters and discuss the differences among them. What do you think Sherman Alexie is trying to say about Indians in creating such varied characters to depict Indian life in America? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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