Ten Little Indians: “Whatever Happened to Frank Snake Church” Questions
1. Identify four things we learn about Harrison Snake Church from his son’s eulogy inside the
In the truck Frank named numerous thing that he had to describe his father while he was
planning in writing his eulogy. He stated to describe his father as a good Catholic that’s why
he went to Catholic boarding school. The second thing was that he volunteered in the in the
youth group at the church he attended. Also, how his father wanted to be a priest, but he loved
women too much. And that basketball was one thing that his father loved with passion.
2. How is the “truck eulogy” different from the actual eulogy a year later?
There was a slight difference between the truck eulogy that Frank planned on writing and
the one he said when his father died. In the truck eulogy he had planned telling people what
Harrison his father was. However, when his father died the only thing that he was able to
say for his father eulogy was “I love my father.” Even though a year before he had planned
a eulogy for his father saying a bunch of thing that he was. When authentic time came he
was somewhat paralyzed with the grief of losing his father he had no words to say.
3. Was Frank’s vision intended to inform him about his father or about himself? Support your
answer with details from the book.
Franks vision intended to inform him about his situation that he was going through. Since
his body was suffering with serous wound that could have left him hurt somehow. As stated
in the book “This is it, now I’m really dead,” he was already in the path where he was going
to give up on his life. But somehow his body reacted by giving him a vision of his father
dying. Which is what triggered him to fight all pain that he was suffering and going with
his dead father.
4. Russell, the fitness trainer, tells Frank, “Well, I’m supposed to help you be great. That’s my
job. Stronger body, stronger mind, stronger spirit. That’s our motto.” Did he help Frank to
achieve these things? Support your answer with evidence from the book.
Reading through Russell Frank’s trainer did help him achieve it in some part. The book
described his living style to be different then how it was by, when in training Frank grew
stronger by him getting rid of all the belongings of his parents. He achieved in having a
stronger body as well because he was able to lift weights and run for miles he was fit. He
became a simpler man, and just lived with the essentials he needed. But he still struggled
a bit because the book described him as not having a limit in his training that he would end
up hurting himself.
5. Why is Kentucky Fried Chicken important to this story?
Kentucky Fried Chicken is important to the story because it is a big part of Franks Life.
When he thought of Kentucky Fried Chicken he thought about his mother and father and a
day at the part had when he was 11 years old. In this day he had discovered that his mother
knew how to play basketball. And with this discovery he felt like he was closer to her even
more. That day he felt overly happy with his life because he had played ball with his mother
and father all night long. He and his family were bonding and made this a vivid memory
for him every time he smelled Kentucky Fried Chicken.
6. Is Preacher’s description of Frank accurate? Explain your answer.
For what it seems it does look like he was described accurately if they didn’t know the
main reason why he was trying to play basketball. However, Preacher was just talking trash
and was trying to get to his head in order for him to win. Preacher was wrong about Frank
and didn’t know the real reasons why he started to play basketball again. But after listening
to him he realized that Frank was telling the truth when he said he was playing again to
remember his parents that had passed away. This was a way to remembering and honoring
both at the same time.
7. How do Russell, Lynn and Stephanie help Frank in the days after the humiliating basketball
game with Preacher?
Russell help Frank by calling the ambulance practically saved his life because he was the
one who told him to seek help. Lynn the community college receptionist helped him by
telling him all the different opportunities he can get. Lynn convinced him to stay and talk
to the admission counselor. Stephanie help him by being supportive and helping him enroll
in college and start his classes. This way he can play in the college basketball team because
he was an enrolled student.
8. Was Frank’s first (and only) time on the college basketball court a success? Explain using
details from the story.
At first, he had problems adjusting to the younger team of playing basketball. However,
with the first couple of misses his body got into rhythm and remember how to play ball. He
was able to score on the college student and was winning by a few points. But his age got
too him and he got injured trying to win the game. So overall, he was successful because he
was able to prove to himself and lay to rest the memory of his parents.
9. Why did Frank need the college basketball experience to put the deaths of his parents to
He needed the college experience because he had given up both thing when his mother died.
He gave up college and basketball to honor his mother after she passed away. However,
when his father died he felt he needed to honor him so he wanted to play basketball again.
So, by playing college basketball he could put it to rest because that was something he had
given up so many years ago. And now he was able to honor both parents by experiencing
playing college basketball.
10. Is the main character stronger or weaker at the end of the story than he was at the beginning?
Support your answer with details from the story.
By the end of the story Frank came out stronger. He came out stronger because he overcame
mental problems that were making him want to not live anymore. In the end of the story he
seeks to what he was aiming and honoring his parents by playing basketball and he achieved
it. He was able to let go and put to rest in obsessing in playing basketball like before. At
the end he states that he knows that he will be fine. And for once in the story I believed
Frank when he said he will be fine and by that I can see how Frank grew stronger.