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. Where does Grey imagine she met Billy the Kid?

2. How does the author describe Kiowa life in the summertime?

3. Why was the Piegan camp troubled when the unknown boy came to their camp, then disappeared?

4. What promise had Grey made that preys on Set?

5. Who is Luke?

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

3. How does Grey feel about her appearance?

4. 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?

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

6. Why did the parents of the lost children decide not to grieve for them?

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

8. What does Grey want her grandmother to tell her about Set?

9. At the Mottledmares', Set has a dream that he is deprived of a power that seems to him important. What does he dream he cannot do?

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

Describe the birth of Grey and Set's child. Include details from the story and try to make predictions based on the known details. For instance, if the child is a boy, what do you think they will name him, and why? If it is a girl, what do you think they will name her and why? What kind of education do you think they will want for their child? How do you think they will celebrate the birth? Where do you think they will live? Remember to have plausible justification for each of your story elements.

Essay Topic 2

Death is a theme in this story. Describe the various ways in which death comes to characters in the story, noting especially the conversation about dying properly between Set-Angya and Billy the Kid. What is a "proper" death? Which characters die properly? Which do not?

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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