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. While thinking about a day with his brother, the narrator remembers that his brother said they shouldn't leave their work until the next day. What is the reason?

2. How much money does the narrator give to the woman who talks to him after he has been beaten in Havre?

3. Who does the narrator's grandmother stay with after 25 years as a widow?

4. While in the bar in Havre, what object does the narrator find sitting on his seat when he returns from the bathroom?

5. Where do the narrator and his family get their water?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. While herding cattle, what do Mose and the narrator decide to do that foreshadows a negative event?

3. When the narrator left the reservation and went to Tacoma, why did he leave his job there and how does this fit into the narrator's backward feelings about his heritage?

4. How does the narrator react to people who are not from the reservation?

5. In Chapter 25, what are Mose and the narrator doing out on the range?

6. Does the white traveling man give the narrator a positive or a negative example of how white men treat Native Americans? Why?

7. After meeting the traveling white man for the second time, what does the narrator think about him?

8. While herding cattle, what do Mose and the narrator discuss?

9. What does the narrator dislike about the relationship between the priest and his mother?

10. Why does the narrator think Lame Bull has married his mother, and how does he feel about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why, in the entire novel, is the name of the narrator never revealed? How does this contribute to the overall theme of the book? What is a possible name for the narrator?

Essay Topic 2

At the beginning of the novel, the narrator loses his electric razor and his rifle to a woman he claims to care nothing about. How is this symbolic?

Essay Topic 3

Though First Raise is already dead when the story begins, what role does he play? How do his actions and example affect the narrator, both in life and in death?

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