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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. Who comes to the school to pick Junior up after he learns of the death of his sister in Chapter 27: "Because Russian Guys Are Not Always Geniuses"?
2. What did Junior's mother help Junior's father do when they first met?
3. What role does Junior say epileptics once held in Indian tribes in Chapter 22: "Red Versus White"?
4. Who is the school guidance counselor that calls Junior out of class in Chapter 27: "Because Russian Guys Are Not Always Geniuses"?
5. What grade has Junior earned in "Let's-Make-Birdhouses Wood Shop" in Chapter 28: "My Final Freshman Year Report Card"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Junior describe his relationship with mortality in comparison with the students at Reardan in Chapter 27: "Because Russian Guys Are Not Always Geniuses"?
2. What exchange takes place between Junior and Rowdy in Chapter 26: "Rowdy and I Have a Serious Discussion about Basketball"?
3. What exchange takes place between Junior and the television reporter in Chapter 25: "In Like a Lion"?
4. Why has the billionaire named Ted come to Grandmother Spirit's wake in Chapter 23: "Wake"?
5. How does Junior analyze the exchange that he and Rowdy have shared in Chapter 26: "Rowdy and I Have a Serious Discussion about Basketball"?
6. What example does Junior use in Chapter 22: "Red Versus White" to describe his love for Indians?
7. How does Junior describe his grandmother's wake in Chapter 23: "Wake"? Who attends the wake?
8. How has Junior's understanding of and connection with his sister evolved by the end of the novel?
9. How are the deaths of Eugene and Bobby described in Chapter 24: "Valentine Heart"?
10. What are Junior's chances of making the Reardan basketball team in Chapter 20: "Reindeer Games"? How does Junior do?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Define the genre of Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story, and discuss how this genre applies to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Consider the character of Junior when we first meet him as a reader in Chapter 1. In what ways does Junior “come of age” in the narrative? How is Junior changed at the end of the story?
Essay Topic 2
Describe and analyze the character of Grandmother Spirit in the novel. What is Junior’s relationship like with his grandmother? How is Grandmother Spirit viewed by the other members of the community? What can you tell about Junior’s grandmother based on the advice that she gives him in Chapter 9?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the narrative style of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Is the narrative related from a first, second, or third-person perspective? Is the story told in the present or past tense? How do each of these choices by an author influence the outcome of the book? How would this story differ if it were related from a different type of narrator?
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