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 Set feel as he comes to the Indian encampment?

3. Who tells Grey that the bear is coming?

4. Which tribe's myth forms the basis of this story?

5. What does Jason love best?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it that Grey never has to quest after visions?

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

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

4. What does Koi-ehm-toya see as her responsibility to the children who wander into the woods?

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

6. Why does Set repeatedly ask Bent to be his father?

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

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

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

10. Who first let Grey know that the bear was coming into her life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Both Set and Grey express themselves through art: Set as a painter and Grey as a writer. Write an essay analyzing the way each expresses himself or herself as it changes through the story. As you catalog the changes, determine whether you think each will continue to practice their painting and writing in the future. If so, do you think they will share their work with others? What do you make of the fact that their great-great grandson is an artist, a maker of shields?

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