The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

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Questions and Answers: Jesus Christ’s Half Brother is Alive and Well on the Spokane Indian Reservation, Approximate Size of my Favorite Tumor and Somebody Kept Saying Powwow

Questions
1. What is the meaning of the title “Jesus Christ’s Half Brother is Alive and Well on the Spokane Indian Reservation,” and what does it suggest about James?

2. What does fatherhood teach the narrator in “Jesus Christ’s Half Brother is Alive and Well on the Spokane Indian Reservation"?

3. What does Jimmy help Norma to understand in “The Approximate Size of my Favorite Tumor,” and how is her realization significant?

4. How are Norma’s special talents important to the final story?

5. Why does Norma call Junior “Pete Rose,” and how does the nickname impact the end of “Somebody Kept Saying Powwow”?

Answers
1. The title refers to the circumstances of James’s birth; his mother claimed that she was a virgin, and thus, that his birth was a miracle. The title therefore suggests that the baby could be a brother to Jesus Christ. The actual miracle of the story, however, is that James...

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