The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian 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 Junior blame for 90 percent of the Spokane Indian deaths in Chapter 27: "Because Russian Guys Are Not Always Geniuses"?

2. When Junior sends Rowdy a picture of his smiling face, what does Rowdy respond with a picture of in Chapter 18: "Don't Trust Your Computer"?

3. In Junior's drawing of the boys in Chapter 29: "Remembering," he writes a note that boys can hold hands until they are what age?

4. What does Mary tell Junior to tell everyone when she closes her letter in Chapter 19: "My Sister Sends Me a Letter"?

5. How was Eugene killed, according to Junior in Chapter 24: "Valentine Heart"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What story does Arnold Spirit, Sr. tell his son in encouraging him to try out for the basketball team in Chapter 20: "Reindeer Games"?

2. What communication takes place between Junior and Rowdy in Chapter 16: "Rowdy Gives Me Advice About Love"?

3. Why is Junior particularly touched by his father's Christmas gift in Chapter 21: "And a Partridge in a Pear Tree"?

4. How are the deaths of Eugene and Bobby described in Chapter 24: "Valentine Heart"?

5. How would you describe Junior's circumstances during Christmas in Chapter 21: "And a Partridge in a Pear Tree"?

6. Why has the billionaire named Ted come to Grandmother Spirit's wake in Chapter 23: "Wake"?

7. What causes the students to stand up and walk out of Junior's class in Chapter 24: "Valentine Heart"?

8. What philosophical discussion do Junior and Gordy have regarding race and identity in Chapter 18: "Don't Trust Your Computer"?

9. Where does Junior go with his family in Chapter 29: "Remembering"? How does Junior describe the day?

10. How has Junior's understanding of and connection with his sister evolved by the end of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Junior’s actions, objectives, and obstacles in his decision to transfer to Reardan High School. What is Junior’s objective in this action? What obstacles does Junior face from within himself, within the Reservation, and from outside the Reservation? How does he face these obstacles?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of tolerance in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. How does Junior define tolerance for the reader? What are examples that Junior cites of Grandmother Spirit’s tolerance? Why is this an important quality to Junior? Do you think that tolerance is an important quality? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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