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. Which were the only Indians who received fertile land when the U.S. government divided up the tribal land?

2. What was peyote?

3. Ruthless men swindled money from the Utes by selling __________________-.

4. Why did Zitkala-Sa not attend the last hearing regarding the Osage Indians?

5. Who was the greedy agent at the Indian Bureau with whom Raymond had trouble?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is peyote, and how did the Indians use it?

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

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

4. What did the U.S. government do with the tribal land and how did David fare in the action?

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

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

7. What was the dire situation Gertrude found when she returned to the Yankton Reservation after being gone for six years?

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

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

10. What was Zitkala-Sa's opinion of peyote?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Conflict takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of conflict that plagued Zitkala-Sa throughout her life? What was the source of conflict for the Indian people overall? Cite examples.

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