Questions and Answers: Crazy Horse Dreams and The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore
1. What is the significance of the comparison between Crazy Horse and Victor?
2. What fears finally separate Victor from the girl at the powwow, and what do they suggest about his development as a character?
3. How does Alexie reclaim basketball for Native Americans in “The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore,” and what is the impact of this claim on the storyline?
4. Why is it so difficult to believe in heroes on the Reservation?
5. What is the mood of the final scene, and what does it suggest about “The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore”?
1. Victor wants to be brave and fearless like Crazy Horse, the epitome of the Indian war hero. Yet he finally cannot “play” the warrior and fight for the girl he meets, as the end of the story makes clear.
2. Victor fears that he cannot provide a future that suits her; she is a girl of the...
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