|Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Questions
Choose five of the following writing prompts to answer in paragraph form.
Be sure you have a topic sentence and that your facts are correct. You may
use your notes/quiz. Each paragraph should be 5-7 sentences. 15 pts ea = 75 points.
1. “Tell me, and I will listen.
Show me, and I will understand.
Take me in, and I will learn.”
Who in the film repeats this proverb? How does it apply to this character/ Why is it significant to this character?
2. Charles’ teacher mistakes the name of his chief in a lesson and Charles becomes angry. How does this mistake affect Charles? What does it prompt him to do? Could the misnaming of the chief been on purpose? If so, why?
3. What is Charles’ role in working with Senator Dawes? Do you think he is betraying his people in working with the government? Explain. OR, do you admire his work?
4. Sitting Bull has several dilemmas in Canada. What are they? What do the problems lead him to do? What would you have done in his position? Why?
5. What is Charles’ internal conflict toward the end of the story? Explain.
6. What was the purpose of the Dance of the Spirits? Why did many whites fear the dance? What did the dance lead the military to do?
7. Examine the events leading up to the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek. Explain these events; and explain if the massacre could have been prevented. How so?
8. How does Sen. Dawes feel about the Indians? How does he remain both an ally to the Sioux and an ally to the government?
9. What is the significance of Charles’ feather? What does it symbolize? In the end he thinks about letting go of both the feather and his crucifix… but he doesn’t. He keeps them both. What does this signify, do you think?
10. Consider the title of this historical narrative. Why do you think the author entitled it Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee? (Hint: Whose heart? Why “bury” it?) Think factually and creatively.