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. Who stared at Gertrude and the other Indian children?

2. How old is Gertrude in the chapter, "The Returned Student"?

3. What is a tiyospaye?

4. What did Gertrude observe that was important to the Quaker teachers?

5. Who is Tate?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was Gertrude able to attend college in Indiana?

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

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

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

5. How did the Indian children's loneliness exhibit with them physically?

6. Why did Captain Richard Henry Pratt develop the idea to remove Indian infants from their homes and transfer them to the homes of white people and how did this plan extend into reality?

7. How many times was Tate married, and how many children did she have?

8. What two tragic events occurred for Indian people in December of 1890?

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

10. How did Gertrude Bonnin get her name, and what would she change it to later in her life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of struggling with personal identity 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 Raymond Bonnin. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? What were his primary motivations during his life?

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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