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. What was forbidden to the Indian children?

2. How did Gertrude get revenge on the matron who ordered her to mash the item in #59?

3. What did the Federal agents do to force the Indians to give up their children?

4. What did the girls wear at the boarding school?

5. How did the boarding school make money off the Indian children?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who did Zitkala-Sa marry and why did she choose him over Carlos Montezuma?

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

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

4. What major success did Zitkala-Sa have for the Ute Indians several years after her death and what was her legacy to other Indian rights activists who would come after her?

5. Explain the symbolism of Lewis and Clark wrapping an Indian baby in an American flag.

6. 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.

7. What was Zitkala-Sa's opinion of peyote?

8. What were the circumstances that had Zitkala-Sa sick, broke and exhausted?

9. How did Raymond fight for the Ute Indians?

10. What conditions did Zitkala-Sa and Raymond find when they moved to Utah?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Prejudice and discrimination against Indians was a fact of life during Zitkala-Sa's life. What limitations did Zitkala-Sa struggle against? How did ethnic discrimination hold her back? Explain.

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

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.

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