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

Doreen Rappaport
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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. The Yankton Indians were part of which Indian nation?

2. What did Gertrude and her friends do that the headmistress did not want them to do?

3. What was the name of the man in #24?

4. Until what time did the children at the boarding school have to work each night?

5. In which state was the college in #84 located?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was peyote legalized and why did Zitkala-Sa resign as secretary and treasurer of the Society of American Indians?

3. 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.

4. 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?

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

6. What did the U.S. government do with the tribal land and how did David fare in the action?

7. Why were Zitkala-Sa and Raymond happy to move to Washington D.C.?

8. Why did Zitkala-Sa write a report entitled "Oklahoma's Poor Rich Indians" and what effect did it have on changes being made for the Osage Indians?

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

10. Why did Gertrude like living in Boston?

Essay 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

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of struggle. Identify at least two examples about struggle in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of struggle.

Essay Topic 3

Rappaport was a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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