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. On December 29, 1890, ______________ Indians were massacred at Wounded Knee.

2. What did the people in #12 wrap a newborn baby in during their visit with Tate's tribe?

3. What was Gertrude ordered to mash one day?

4. Who was Judewin?

5. What last name was given to Gertrude?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the story of Prairie Flower and Cloud Elk foreshadow Gertrude's life in white society?

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

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 was Gertrude's experience upon her arrival at the boarding school?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What is Zitkala-Sa's legacy? Why did she die in despair? Would she be pleased at the foundation she laid if she were to view the lives of Native Americans in American today?

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