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. What did Gertrude become at the age of 17?

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

4. What role did Cloud Elk have in the tribe?

5. In 1897, Gertrude taught at the most famous Indian boarding school in America located in which state?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Red Apple Country and what lies did the white men tell Gertrude about it?

2. What was the main problem facing the Ute Indians?

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

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

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

6. What was Zitkala-Sa's state of mind at the time of her death in 1938?

7. How did Zitkala-Sa's heritage, especially the Iktomi story, help equip her to manage in the white man's world?

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 was Gertrude able to attend college in Indiana?

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 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

Explain how Zitkala-Sa was able to incorporate Indian culture into her white world and her white world into her Indian life. What did Zitkala-Sa crave from both worlds? Why was she always restless regardless of the world in which she was currently living?

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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