The Medicine Bag

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  • 1. 
    Where does Martin’s great-grandfather live? _______________________________________

  • 2. 
    What is the significance of Grandpa’s medicine bag?
    • A. 

      It is a symbol used in rituals by all the men in Martin’s family.

    • B. 

      It contains sacred items from a vision quest made by Grandpa’s father.

    • C. 

      It is a sacred necklace worn only by Sioux chiefs.

    • D. 

      It contains an ancient artifact that he found when he was a boy.


  • 3. 
    Why doesn’t Martin want to show his friends pictures of Grandpa?
    • A. 

      Martin’s friends would have laughed.

    • B. 

      Martin’s friends aren’t interested in Grandpa.

    • C. 

      Martin doesn’t care to share something so personal.

    • D. 

      Martin is ashamed of Grandpa.

    • E. 

      Martin doesn't have a picture of Grandpa.


  • 4. 
    The Medicine Bag”isnarrated by _________________.

  • 5. 
    In “TheMedicine Bag,”whichof the following can be inferred from Martin’sembarrassment about his grandfather?
    • A. 

      Martin is a cruel and insensitive person.

    • B. 

      Martin is overly sensitive to what his friends think.

    • C. 

      Martin doesn 't love his Grandpa.

    • D. 

      Grandpa' s behavior is out of control.


  • 6. 
    In “TheMedicine Bag,”afterarriving at the house,Grandpa collapses because
    • A. 

      He is shocked by life in the suburbs.

    • B. 

      He is having a heart attack

    • C. 

      Of heat exhaustion


  • 7. 
    At the beginning of the story,how are Martin and Cheryl different in their attitudes about their grandfather?
    • A. 

      Only Martin wants to bring friends over to meet Grandpa.

    • B. 

      Only Cheryl shows Grandpa’s picture to her friends.

    • C. 

      Cheryl is not bothered by Grandpa like Martin is.

    • D. 

      Martin talks more with Grandpa than Cheryl does.


  • 8. 
    Joe Iron Shell is the author.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 9. 
    Virginia Hawk is Martin and Cheryl'smother.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 10. 
    Grandpa is related to Martin and Cheryl'smom.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 11. 
    What was the relationship between Iron Shell and Grandpa? Iron shell wasGrandpa's___________________.

  • 12. 
    Which of the following best captures the main theme of “TheMedicine Bag”?
    • A. 

      People,both young and old,need to value their culture and traditions.

    • B. 

      Martin’s family is an example of the mistreatment of older members of the family.

    • C. 

      Riding a bus for two hours will cause heat exhaustion.

    • D. 

      The younger generations are very disrespectful towards old people.


  • 13. 
    What does Grandfather do to show that he knows kids often are embarrassed by their elders?
    • A. 

      He has a talk with Martin about Sioux pride and tradition.

    • B. 

      He cleans his hat and changes his clothes.

    • C. 

      He leaves the room when Martin’s friends are over.

    • D. 

      He stops talking about Sioux history.


  • 14. 
    What generalization about the Sioux do Martin and his mother make?
    • A. 

      They are tall and stately with long braided hair.

    • B. 

      Speaking of death is impolite.

    • C. 

      Leaving the reservation is forbidden.

    • D. 

      Displays of affection are unseemly.


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