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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 has the form of a wheel of burning glass?

2. According to the Ethnographic Dictionary of Navajo language, why are astrological pursuits often associated with witchcraft?

3. Who is Loki?

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

5. What does Grey imagine she gave Billy the Kid in jail?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does each man of the Plains Indians look upon Tsoai first thing each morning?

4. How does Worcester Meat feel when he dies?

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

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

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

8. How do the Native Americans let the summer go?

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

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

Essay 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

Centaurs are mentioned in this story by Alais Sancerre and by Lola Bourne. Reread the passages about Set's art work using centaurs. What do you think they represent in this story? Support your idea with quotations and examples from the story.

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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