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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. Who is Cate?

2. In the Kiowa myth, why are the boy's sisters running from him?

3. What promise had Grey made that preys on Set?

4. Why does Set hesitate to answer the telephone?

5. How does Murphy lose his horse?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the Mottledmares', Set has a dream that he is deprived of a power that seems to him important. What does he dream he cannot do?

2. What understanding about Set does Lola Bourne come to while he is hospitalized?

3. Why does Dr. Merriman's knowledge of folklore, witchcraft, and medical mythology fail to impress Set?

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

5. Why does Grey feel at once humbled and important when she thinks of Set?

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

7. For what does Grey thank Lola Bourne?

8. Why doesn't Paulita Maxwell weep?

9. As Grey changes from a girl to a woman, how does Set's attitude toward her change?

10. What is the vision that Set hopes to see?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the girl Grey view the power of her sexuality? How does the woman Grey change? In your essay, analyze Grey's changing attitude toward sex.

Essay Topic 2

Explain which purpose Momaday had in mind as he wrote. Was his purpose to inform, to entertain, or to persuade? Why do you think so? Was he successful in achieving his purpose?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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