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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 made Grey's great-grandmother, Kope'mah, into a medicine woman?

2. What did the wise man advise the Piegan people to do about the disappearing boy?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What comes to nothing in Chapter Twenty of Book One? Why does everything feel pointless to Set as he considers his pilgrimage home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. Why doesn't Paulita Maxwell weep?

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

Billy the Kid has such fascination for the young Grey that she swoons and can't eat when she reads about him. What is it that intrigues Grey about Billy the Kid? What do you learn about her from the fantasies she enacts with him? Do these fantasies change as the story progresses? Write an essay analyzing the significance of Billy the Kid to Grey and to the story as a whole.

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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