The Flight of Red Bird: The Life of Zitkala-Sa Test | Mid-Book 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. When did Gertrude realize she had made a mistake by going to the boarding school?

2. Gertrude enjoyed the stories about which Indian character?

3. What was the name of the Indian agency where Tate and the others received their government food rations?

4. Which disease did Gertrude contract while at college?

5. What last name was given to Gertrude?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the symbolism in the story of Prairie Flower and Cloud Elk.

3. What was Red Apple Country and what lies did the white men tell Gertrude about it?

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

5. How does the story of Prairie Flower and Cloud Elk foreshadow Gertrude's life in white society?

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

7. What was Gertrude's experience upon her arrival at the boarding school?

8. In what ways did Tate show Gertrude how to be a strong woman?

9. Was Gertrude conflicted while experiencing an identity crisis as a girl?

10. How did Gertrude Bonnin get her name, and what would she change it to later in her life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting and time period for Gertrude's young adulthood? What was America like during this time period? How important are the time period and setting to the attitudes and issues of Gertrude, her family and friends?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Zitkala-Sa. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were some of her negative characteristics? What were her hopes and fears? Was she strong or weak? What were her primary motivations during her life?

Essay Topic 3

Explain how Zitkala-Sa was able to incorporate Indian culture into her white world and her white world into her Indian life. What did Zitkala-Sa crave from both worlds? Why was she always restless regardless of the world in which she was currently living?

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