Winter in the Blood 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. On the day the narrator and his brother are on the range, what do they decide has happened to their missing cow?

2. In the hotel bar in Malta, the narrator meets a white man. Where is he from?

3. In Chapter 11, in what sport does Lame Bull's friend say that Long Knife was a champion?

4. In Harlem, what occupation have many of the Native Americans adopted for the summer season?

5. In Havre, the narrator meets the white traveling man again. Why does the white man leave so quickly?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the narrator agree to help the white traveling man?

2. After being beaten by Dougie, why doesn't the narrator retaliate?

3. At the beginning of the book, how does the narrator feel about his life?

4. In Chapter Eight, when the narrator argues with his mother about the turkey, what is significant about their differing memories?

5. Based on his reactions so far, does the narrator seem to be a compassionate person? Why or why not?

6. After meeting with his girlfriend and being beaten, why does the narrator agree to drink with another woman?

7. Based on the information the author has given us up to Chapter Sixteen, how is the narrator's financial situation?

8. When the narrator goes fishing in Chapter Three, what is significant about the color of the river?

9. While he is in town, where does the narrator spend most of his time and how does this contribute to his trouble?

10. What attitude do the narrator's people have toward the Cree people, and how is this shown?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the book, the family dresses up and attends the funeral of the grandmother. What is ironic about the situation?

Essay Topic 2

What is the goal of the main character? Toward the end of the novel, does the narrator accomplish his goal? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

What is significant about the establishments the narrator chooses to enter when he is in town? How do his choices later contribute to his wish for his shadow to disappear and for him to disappear with it?

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