"This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona"
by Sherman Alexie
First published in Esquire In 1994
Anthologized in Best American Short Stories of 1994
Adapted with other Alexie stories for the 1998 film Smoke Signals
1.In paragraph 1, readers are told that Victor lives on a reservation. What details elsewhere in the story establish this setting? What association does this setting have for you? Do you think the story could take place anywhere else?
2.In addition to various locations on the reservation, the story’s settings include an airplane, a trailer in Phoenix, and a road through Nevada. What does each of these settings contribute to the story’s plot?
3.Is the scene on the plane necessary? Intrusive? Distracting? Far-fetched?
4.How would you characterize the story’s mood or atmosphere? How do Thomas’s stories help to create this mood? How do they help to establish this character? Do you think the story should have included more of Thomas’s stories?
5.Why do you suppose Victor and Thomas cannot be friends when they get back to the reservation? Why are they able to be friends when they are travelling to Phoenix? ………………
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