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 problem did Zitkala-Sa and Raymond have with Ohiya's children when they took them in?

2. For how long did Zitkala-Sa and Raymond travel around in the chapter entitled, "Despair"?

3. In one example of how the whites swindled the Osage Indians, one woman was entitled to $15,000 a year but her white guardian gave her only __________ a week.

4. What religion did Zitkala-Sa convert to during this time?

5. How did Zitkala-Sa feel about the Ute reservation?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why did Zitkala-Sa and Raymond travel for five months of 1917?

4. How did Zitkala-Sa reconnect with Carlos Montezuma in Boston?

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

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

7. Why did peyote represent a lack of control that Zitkala-Sa had in both her Indian and white worlds?

8. Why did Zitkala-Sa separate herself from the Ute Indians?

9. Why did Gertrude like living in Boston?

10. How did Raymond fight for the Ute Indians?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prejudice and discrimination against Indians was a fact of life during Zitkala-Sa's life. What limitations did Zitkala-Sa struggle against? How did ethnic discrimination hold her back? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the book's title. Why is it called simply "The Flight of Red Bird"? What was Rappaport trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each.

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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