Waterlily 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 does Blue Bird notice Rainbow is different from Star Elk?

2. What does Waterlily love to hear her brother talk about in Chapter 9?

3. What is Waterlily learning to be proud of in Chapter 8?

4. What happens to Blue Bird's grandmother while she is gathering wood in the summer?

5. What doesn't seem to help Waterlily's illness at all in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gloku and the rest of the camp circle feel about Rainbow's marriage to Blue Bird?

2. In Chapter 4, what does Rainbow tell his parents, and how do they feel about this and why?

3. According to Chapter 2, how did Blue Bird come to live in this camp circle?

4. What do Rainbow and the other men do in response to finding the dead Indian and why?

5. What happens to Waterlily when she is left to care for her blind grandfather at the age of six?

6. How does Star Elk act when Blue Bird decides to stay with her cousin for a few days after her child is born?

7. Why does Gloku visit Blue Bird, and what does Blue Bird learn about Gloku's family in Chapter 4?

8. How does Blue Bird's grandmother die, and what happens during the burial tradition?

9. How does Little Chief join the war party, and how does he help?

10. Who is Little Chief, and how does Blue Bird treat him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are the different symbols (the Hunka ceremony, the ghostkeeping, the Virgin's Fire, the Sun Dance) used throughout the novel to represent abstract concepts? Detail and explain how the symbols are used to describe certain abstract concepts and which concepts they describe.

Essay Topic 2

Investigate "Waterlily" as historical and cultural fiction. How does it adhere to and differ from the typical historical and/or cultural novel? What changes could be made to mark it more clearly as historical and cultural fiction? What changes could be made to prevent critics from classifying the novel as historical and/or cultural fiction?

Essay Topic 3

How is marriage portrayed in this novel? Compare and contrast the marriages described in "Waterlily".

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