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. How old was Gertrude when she wrote a scathing article in "Atlantic Monthly" regarding the mistreatment of Indians?

2. Gertrude's playmates at the boarding school were Judewin and _____________.

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe what you can recall about the story of Prairie Flower and Cloud Elk.

5. What did Gertrude recall about what her mother said about people who had their hair cut off and what did Gertrude do to try to avoid losing her own hair?

6. Describe what daily life was like for the Indian children at the boarding school.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Zitkala-Sa was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of her life through this book, what were her biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did she manage through them? How did her coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of her life? Explain.

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