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. Where does Set go when he wakes up in Mottledmares' house?

2. How old is Murphy Dicks?

3. What motivated Set to compromise his artistic vision?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Grey want her grandmother to tell her about Set?

8. Why does Billy the Kid visit Grey while she tends the dying Kope'mah?

9. Why is it that Grey never has to quest after visions?

10. What feelings do the sisters experience as their brother turns into a bear?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Death is a theme in this story. Describe the various ways in which death comes to characters in the story, noting especially the conversation about dying properly between Set-Angya and Billy the Kid. What is a "proper" death? Which characters die properly? Which do not?

Essay Topic 3

Myths and legends are told through the generations for teaching purposes. The fact that this story ends with Set and Grey's great-great-grandson indicates that their story is part of that march of time. Briefly rewrite the story of Set as a Native American legend.

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