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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. How does Murphy lose his horse?

2. Who does Murphy think he sounds like when he talks?

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

4. With whose death does the story begin?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is the mother and who is the child in Chapter Twelve of Book One?

3. What passion did Grey acquire from Perfecto Atole?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Lola Bourne see in the painting "Night Window Man" that Set himself does not see?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Myths and legends are told through the generations for teaching purposes. The fact that this story ends with Set and Grey's great-great-grandson indicates that their story is part of that march of time. Briefly rewrite the story of Set as a Native American legend.

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

Analyze the differences in communication styles between Native Americans as viewed in this story and members of the mainstream culture. Find examples in the story to demonstrate cultural differences in communication.

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