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

2. Why did Kope'mah feel little respect for her son Worcester?

3. How does Grey react to the news that the bear is coming?

4. What did Billy the Kid return as promised?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. Why doesn't Paulita Maxwell weep?

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

9. What passion did Grey acquire from Perfecto Atole?

10. How does Grey feel about her appearance?

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

Grey's dialogues with Billy the Kid seem very different from her conversations in real life. Using examples, compare and contrast the Grey of her outlaw fantasies with the real girl. What do these differences tell you about her?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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