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. According to Gertrude's mother, who were the only people who had their hair cut off?

2. What did Tate say when Gertrude decided to go to the boarding school?

3. How many years has Gertrude been at the boarding school?

4. What animals were slaughtered by the white hunters?

5. After being home with her mother for ________________, Gertrude went to another boarding school.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. In what ways did Red Apple Country represent the white man's world to the Indian children?

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

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

9. 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.

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

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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