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 did the people feel when they saw the stars after the others disappeared?

2. What two cultures combine in Grey?

3. What does Lola Bourne say she expects when she looks at the painting of the Night Window Man?

4. Why does Koi-ehm-toya think her people have grown careless?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. What is the unanswered question, "Quien es?" in Chapter One of Book One?

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

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 does Grey want her grandmother to tell her about Set?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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.

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