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

3. What was the date of Billy the Kid's death?

4. What language does Grey grow up speaking?

5. What happened after the strange boy appeared and disappeared?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can you tell that Dog belongs to Grey?

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. What passion did Grey acquire from Perfecto Atole?

10. The bear comes forth in planes, Dog is seen by Grey as standing in a plane, and Set's mind is perceived in planes. What are planes in this context?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The horse Dog has significance in this story. Why is he important? What do we learn about Grey from Dog's response to her and from her dealings with him?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Every author has a philosophical basis as well as a cultural one for the stories that he chooses to tell. Based on this story, examine what you think are Momaday's deeply-held beliefs about what is important in life. Justify your opinion with quotations and examples from the story.

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