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 old is Grey?

2. What caused the butterflies to swarm up from the grass?

3. What does the wise man advise the people to do with the boy's story?

4. Who is Deluvina Maxwell?

5. Who told Set the story of the boy who turns into a bear?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Paulita Maxwell weep?

2. What is the unanswered question, "Quien es?" in Chapter One of Book One?

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

4. What does Lola Bourne see in the painting "Night Window Man" that Set himself does not see?

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

6. How does Set define art as he struggles with his reflection in the mirror?

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

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

9. Dwight Dicks and his son Murphy are discussing an event, and there is a menace among their words. What event are they discussing in Chapter Eighteen of Book One and why is there menace?

10. What does Koi-ehm-toya see as her responsibility to the children who wander into the woods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In her childhood, Grey sees a Kiowa doll that she feels represents an important part of herself. Later, she sees a Navajo doll that seems to represent another aspect of herself. What does the Kiowa doll represent to Grey? What does the Navajo doll represent? Compare and contrast the different aspects of Kiowa and Navajo culture in Grey's life.

Essay Topic 2

Consider this story from another character's point of view. Briefly write a narrative including the main facts in this story from the point of view of Jason, Dr. Merriman, or Lola Bourne.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the differences in communication styles between Native Americans as viewed in this story and members of the mainstream culture. Find examples in the story to demonstrate cultural differences in communication.

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