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. How old was Set when his mother died?

2. In the Kiowa myth, why are the boy's sisters running from him?

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

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

5. What motivated Set to compromise his artistic vision?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Grey feel about her appearance?

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

8. 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?

9. Why doesn't Paulita Maxwell weep?

10. What passion did Grey acquire from Perfecto Atole?

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

Names play an important role in this story. Describe the significance of names in this story, paying particular attention to the unnamed boy and Grey's bestowal of names on herself and Dog. Use quotations from the book to support your idea.

Essay Topic 3

Momaday is a poet as well as a novelist, and many of the passages in this story are poetic. What makes poetry? Select three or four passages that you believe show characteristics of poetry and tell why you think so in each case.

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