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 the strange, disinterested figure who approaches Kope'mah?

2. How does Set feel as he comes to the Indian encampment?

3. Who does Set hope to astonish with his painting?

4. How does Set begin his recovery from the brink of madness?

5. What does death seem to be to Kope'mah?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why doesn't Paulita Maxwell weep?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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.

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