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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. When does Junior's tribe hold their annual powwow celebration at the reservation?

2. How many times does Junior say he's had to walk the entire way from school to his home in Chapter 12: "Slouching Toward Thanksgiving"?

3. How much money does Junior's father give him for lunch money when he drops him off at school in Chapter 7: "Rowdy Sings the Blues"?

4. What offensive name does the girl that Junior falls in love with call him in Chapter 10: "Tears of a Clown"?

5. What is the name of Junior's dog that becomes ill in Chapter 2: "Why Chicken Means So Much to Me"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Junior describe his family's financial circumstances in Chapter 2: "Why Chicken Means So Much to Me"?

2. What exchange takes place between Junior and Rowdy in Chapter 14: "Thanksgiving"? How does Junior feel about this encounter?

3. How do Junior's parents respond to Junior's decision about school in Chapter 6: "Go Means Go"? What warning do they impart on him?

4. How does Junior describe his feelings about "community" in the beginning of Chapter 12: "Slouching Toward Thanksgiving"?

5. How does Rowdy respond to Junior's confession about Dawn in Chapter 10: "Tears of a Clown"?

6. What confusion ensues because of Junior's name at school in Chapter 8: "How to Fight Monsters"?

7. Who takes Junior to his first day at the new school in Chapter 8: "How to Fight Monsters"? What conversation do they have as Junior departs?

8. What is Rowdy's immediate reaction to Junior's announcement in Chapter 7: "Rowdy Sings the Blues"?

9. How does the reservation where Mary has moved to differ from the one where she and Junior grew up?

10. How are Junior and Penelope dressed for Halloween in Chapter 11: "Halloween"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship Junior has with his father in the novel. How has Junior’s relationship with Arnold Sr. evolved from the beginning of the story? Author Sherman Alexie has stated in interviews that some aspects of this novel are autobiographical, including the fact that Alexie’s father was an alcoholic. How did this impact Alexie and his works?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of creative expression in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. How does Junior express himself creatively? What creative expression relates to Junior’s parents and his sister? Do you think that this novel’s illustrations help to convey the theme of creative expression? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the history of the Spokane Indians and the setting of the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. How many families live on the Spokane Indian Reservation? What aspects of the history, culture, and beliefs of the Spokane Indians stand out to you? How are these cultural elements displayed in the novel?

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