The Flight of Red Bird: The Life of Zitkala-Sa Test | Final Test - Hard

Doreen Rappaport
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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. What was the name of the reservation where Zitkala-Sa and her husband lived in the state in #110?

2. In what year did the U.S. government finally award the Utes their $3 million?

3. With what illness was Zitkala-Sa very sick at this time?

4. In what state was the school in #139 located?

5. Gertrude and her husband headed to a reservation located in which state?

Short Essay Questions

1. What prompted Gertrude to change her name to Zitkala-Sa?

2. What was the plot of Zitkala-Sa's opera?

3. Who was Carlos Montezuma and why did Zitkala-Sa not marry him?

4. What did Zitkala-Sa's opera signify to the world regarding the integration of Indian and white cultures?

5. Why was peyote legalized and why did Zitkala-Sa resign as secretary and treasurer of the Society of American Indians?

6. What was the project Zitkala-Sa collaborated with William Hanson on in Vernal?

7. Explain how Zitkala-Sa's name meaning Red Bird symbolized both her life and afterlife.

8. Why did Zitkala-Sa write a report entitled "Oklahoma's Poor Rich Indians" and what effect did it have on changes being made for the Osage Indians?

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

10. Who did Zitkala-Sa marry and why did she choose him over Carlos Montezuma?

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 disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Doreen Rappaport's writing style. How is she different from other writers of her time? What are some of her characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of her classic style in "The Flight of Red Bird".

Essay Topic 3

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.

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