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. What happened to Gertrude when she got on the train?

2. What were the children not allowed to wear at the boarding school?

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

4. What did the cutting of Gertrude's braids symbolize?

5. Gertrude had a bad dream in which _________________ came to get Tate and her guest.

Short Essay Questions

1. Ironically, what did Gertrude do in 1891 when she returned to White's boarding school?

2. What is the premise of "The Flight of Red Bird: The Life of Zitkala-Sa"?

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

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

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

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

7. What did the devil in the Bible stories symbolize for Gertrude?

8. What were some of the shocking experiences of Gertrude and the other children on the first day of school?

9. How did Gertrude begin her fight for both women and Indian rights?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the book. Why would Zitkala-Sa have felt periods of loneliness in her life? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the impact that Zitkala-Sa's childhood had on her as an adult. What did it mean to be an Indian girl in late 19th century America? What stigmas did Zitkala-Sa live with for her entire life? How did Zitkala-Sa use her childhood experiences to create her life's work?

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