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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 Gertrude's last name as a girl?
2. What happened to Gertrude when she got on the train?
3. The Federal agent told Gertrude that she could have as much as she wanted of what?
4. At college, Gertrude won honors in which field?
5. What was the only way the staff could cut Gertrude's hair?
Short Essay Questions
1. How was Gertrude able to attend college in Indiana?
2. What did the devil in the Bible stories symbolize for Gertrude?
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 two tragic events occurred for Indian people in December of 1890?
5. What was Gertrude's experience on the train headed to the boarding school?
6. Describe what you can recall about the story of Prairie Flower and Cloud Elk.
7. Why did Gertrude experience an identity crisis in her pre-teen years?
8. What sorts of punishment were handed out to the Indian children at the boarding school and how did Gertrude get revenge one day?
9. How did Gertrude Bonnin get her name, and what would she change it to later in her life?
10. Describe what daily life was like for the Indian children at the boarding school.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The theme of man's inhumanity to man is an important one in this book. Describe how it extends through setting, characters and issues and provide examples for each.
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
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.
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