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 is Gertrude in the chapter, "The Returned Student"?

2. What did the Federal agents do to force the Indians to give up their children?

3. In which state was the college in #84 located?

4. What did the girls wear at the boarding school?

5. Why did Gertrude cry at the boarding school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Gertrude experience an identity crisis in her pre-teen years?

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. What shocked Gertrude about punishment meted out on Judewin for playing in the snow?

7. What role did oral stories serve in the Indian society, and which story character did Gertrude like best?

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

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

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

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 the book. Describe how it extends through setting, subjects, technique, etc. 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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