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 buy with twenty of his last twenty-five dollars?

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

3. What do both Estelle and her son do for a living?

4. What kind of mental problem does Jackson have?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Why can't Fekadu return to Ethiopia?

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

6. Describe Jackson's relationship with Officer Williams in "What You Pawn, I Will Redeem."

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 the humor in "Can I Get a Witness?", "Do Not Go Gentle," "What Ever Happened to Frank Snake Church?", or "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above." Give at least three examples of humor from your chosen story and discuss what you think Sherman Alexie is trying to convey or achieve through his use of humor.

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