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. What is "Indian time?"

2. What word does Dwight Dicks use to mean "excellent?"

3. How does Murphy feel after he has lost the horse?

4. Why is Set so startled when he meets Grey at the encampment?

5. How did the townspeople react to Billy's escape?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. How does Grey feel about her appearance?

8. What was Set's first real notion of the infinite?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

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.

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