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

2. What does Junior recall his grandmother telling him was "the whole point of life" in Chapter 22: "Red Versus White"?

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 Junior blame for 90 percent of the Spokane Indian deaths in Chapter 27: "Because Russian Guys Are Not Always Geniuses"?

5. How tall does Junior say the tree is that "sits beside the highway to West End, past Turtle Lake" in Chapter 30: "Talking About Turtles"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What news does Junior receive from the school counselor in Chapter 27: "Because Russian Guys Are Not Always Geniuses"?

2. What example does Junior use in Chapter 22: "Red Versus White" to describe his love for Indians?

3. How does Gordy respond when Junior asks for advice about love in Chapter 16: "Rowdy Gives Me Advice About Love"?

4. What do Rowdy and Junior do together in the end of Chapter 30: "Talking About Turtles"?

5. What are Junior's chances of making the Reardan basketball team in Chapter 20: "Reindeer Games"? How does Junior do?

6. How would you describe Junior's outlook for the future in Chapter 29: "Remembering"?

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

8. What is an example of irony employed by the author in Chapter 19: "My Sister Sends Me a Letter"?

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

10. What exchange takes place between Junior and the television reporter in Chapter 25: "In Like a Lion"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the themes of poverty and family in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. How does Junior define “poverty” for the reader? What does “family” mean to Junior in the beginning of the story? How do both of these concepts change meaning for Junior by the end of the novel?

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