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

2. Why did Kope'mah feel little respect for her son Worcester?

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

4. What does Set dream of losing in the woods?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Set repeatedly ask Bent to be his father?

4. Why did the parents of the lost children decide not to grieve for them?

5. 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?

6. What is the darkest power that Set has encountered? What would he have called this power if he had encountered it in another time and place?

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

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

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

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

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

Both Set and Grey express themselves through art: Set as a painter and Grey as a writer. Write an essay analyzing the way each expresses himself or herself as it changes through the story. As you catalog the changes, determine whether you think each will continue to practice their painting and writing in the future. If so, do you think they will share their work with others? What do you make of the fact that their great-great grandson is an artist, a maker of shields?

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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