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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. What does Grey go to the cemetery to ask her grandmother about Set?

2. What does Set think that Grey has more than beauty?

3. What does Jason love best?

4. What language does Grey grow up speaking?

5. What did Billy the Kid return as promised?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it important to Dr. Terriman and Lola Bourne that Set dances?

2. Why did Kope'mah experience loneliness as a medicine woman?

3. What is unusual about the death of Worcester Meat?

4. The bear comes forth in planes, Dog is seen by Grey as standing in a plane, and Set's mind is perceived in planes. What are planes in this context?

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

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

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

8. Set is taught in school that art is resistance. But he doesn't believe it. How does Set define art?

9. What do the lines on the red earth represent?

10. What does Set feel as he opens the medicine bundle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Names play an important role in this story. Describe the significance of names in this story, paying particular attention to the unnamed boy and Grey's bestowal of names on herself and Dog. Use quotations from the book to support your idea.

Essay Topic 2

Billy the Kid has such fascination for the young Grey that she swoons and can't eat when she reads about him. What is it that intrigues Grey about Billy the Kid? What do you learn about her from the fantasies she enacts with him? Do these fantasies change as the story progresses? Write an essay analyzing the significance of Billy the Kid to Grey and to the story as a whole.

Essay Topic 3

Every author has a philosophical basis as well as a cultural one for the stories that he chooses to tell. Based on this story, examine what you think are Momaday's deeply-held beliefs about what is important in life. Justify your opinion with quotations and examples from the story.

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