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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 Lola Bourne say she expects when she looks at the painting of the Night Window Man?

2. How old is Set?

3. What does Set feel as he accepts the medicine bundle?

4. Why did the singing and dancing among the Kiowa end?

5. How old was Set when his mother died?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the setting where Set begins his vision quest?

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

5. Why does Set enter his old house with dread?

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

7. Why were the Piegan people unable to believe in the child?

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

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

10. How does Set respond to the hospital staff's diagnosis and explanations of his condition?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Both Set and Grey come from more than one ancestral background. Discuss the similarities and differences between the families of each. Use direct quotations and examples from the story to support each point.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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