A Yellow Raft in Blue Water 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. Lee sends Christine a picture of him from where?

2. What is the name of the group the priests want Rayona to join?

3. What year is the letter Christine is obsessed with supposed to be opened?

4. How tall is Rayona?

5. Christine tells the manager at Video Village that she is engaged to which movie star?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Christine surprised to be missing the first morning Rayona is in Dayton's house?

2. What happens when Christine grabs her plastic bags of clothes and runs from Aunt Ida's house?

3. Describe the last scene of the novel.

4. What is the movie slogan that Christine finds amusing?

5. What kind of welcome do Christine and Rayona receive when they show up at Aunt Ida's house?

6. Why is Rayona so fascinated by the lifeguard Ellen?

7. Why does Christine come to despise Dayton?

8. Why does Christine compare her pregnant stomach to a black box?

9. How does Christine get a bad reputation on the reservation?

10. What is Rayona's life like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of Father Hurlburt and his role through all three women's stories. What is the overall purpose of this character and what noble traits does he embody?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of ethnic identity throughout the novel in relation to the following characters: Rayona, Christine, Aunt Ida and Lee.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how Dorris uses Christine as the middle ground, the bridge between old stories and new beginnings, both literally and figuratively.

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