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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the boarding school, there were cruel and unusual punishments such as whippings and ____________________.
(a) body mutilation.
(b) kneeling on raw grits.
(c) starvation.
(d) solitary confinement.

2. What did the devil in Gertrude's dream symbolize?
(a) The president.
(b) The white man.
(c) Her father.
(d) The headmaster.

3. What was the only way the staff could cut Gertrude's hair?
(a) They sedated her.
(b) They threatened to starve her.
(c) They tied her to a chair.
(d) They waited until she was asleep.

4. How did the boarding school make money off the Indian children?
(a) They sold their braids.
(b) They made them sew blankets.
(c) They made them perform native dances.
(d) They made them bead moccasins.

5. What was the name of the man in #24?
(a) Man of Empty Words.
(b) Man of Big Heart.
(c) Man of Many Winters.
(d) Man of Little Ears.

Short Answer Questions

1. The baby in #13 grew up to sign a treaty with the U.S. government to give away how much Indian land?

2. Which of the following does NOT describe the character in #21?

3. What did the cutting of Gertrude's braids symbolize?

4. What did the people in #12 wrap a newborn baby in during their visit with Tate's tribe?

5. What is a winyan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the physical abuse of the Indian children was the beginning of Gertrude's rebellious nature and the beginning of her life as Zitkala-Sa.

2. How was Gertrude able to attend college in Indiana?

3. What sorts of punishment were handed out to the Indian children at the boarding school and how did Gertrude get revenge one day?

4. How did Gertrude begin her fight for both women and Indian rights?

5. What did Gertrude recall about what her mother said about people who had their hair cut off and what did Gertrude do to try to avoid losing her own hair?

6. Describe what daily life was like for the Indian children at the boarding school.

7. What publication did Gertrude write for when she was 24, and what was the content of her article?

8. Describe what you can recall about the story of Prairie Flower and Cloud Elk.

9. What did the devil in the Bible stories symbolize for Gertrude?

10. In what ways did Red Apple Country represent the white man's world to the Indian children?

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