The Flight of Red Bird: The Life of Zitkala-Sa Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Doreen Rappaport
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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. How did Gertrude travel to the boarding school?

2. What did some of the children at the boarding school sneak out to do?

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

4. What was Gertrude ordered to mash one day?

5. What did the devil in Gertrude's dream symbolize?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What role did oral stories serve in the Indian society, and which story character did Gertrude like best?

4. Why did Gertrude experience an identity crisis in her pre-teen years?

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

6. What was Gertrude's experience on the train headed to the boarding school?

7. Why did the Indian children at the boarding school get sick and what happened to them during serious illnesses?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the book's title. Why is it called simply "The Flight of Red Bird"? What was Rappaport trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each.

Essay Topic 2

It is said that a writer writes what he knows and an artist creates what he knows. What does this statement mean? Did Zitkala-Sa create what she knew? Give three examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of man's inhumanity to man is an important one in the book. Describe how it extends through setting, subjects, technique, etc. and provide examples for each.

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