The Ancient Child Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Grey react to the news that the bear is coming?

2. How does Set feel as he comes to the Indian encampment?

3. Who was the only member of the tribe to grieve the loss of the children who had disappeared?

4. What does Lola think about the little man in the painting she buys?

5. How did Billy the Kid feel after shooting the two men?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who first let Grey know that the bear was coming into her life?

2. What do masks represent to Grey as she makes them?

3. Why does Murphy Dicks feel ashamed when he talks to Grey?

4. Why was it better for the Piegan people to believe that the boy was a bear than that he was a boy?

5. Why did the parents of the lost children decide not to grieve for them?

6. What does Grey want her grandmother to tell her about Set?

7. What is the purpose that Grey must serve in this chapter, although she is weary and hurt? What would she rather do?

8. Why does Billy the Kid visit Grey while she tends the dying Kope'mah?

9. What does Set think is the most wonderful of God's creations?

10. How can you tell that Dog belongs to Grey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Momaday's use of time. For example, many Native American customs cause the reader to think of the past, but that thought will be jarred by the mention of a modern actor, car, or TV program. What point do you think the author is trying to make by using time in such fluid ways?

Essay Topic 2

The book begins with a section called "Planes," then a section called "Lines," then "Shapes," and ultimately, "Shadows." What do you think this geometrical view of the world represents? Use quotations from the story to support your point of view.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the birth of Grey and Set's child. Include details from the story and try to make predictions based on the known details. For instance, if the child is a boy, what do you think they will name him, and why? If it is a girl, what do you think they will name her and why? What kind of education do you think they will want for their child? How do you think they will celebrate the birth? Where do you think they will live? Remember to have plausible justification for each of your story elements.

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