The Ancient Child Test | Final 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. Why did the old wanderers consider the plains the most sacred of sacred grounds?

2. Which direction did the Kiowa travel?

3. What was the last dream of Koi-ehm-toya's great-great-grandson?

4. Who is Koi-ehm-toya?

5. Why does Lola Bourne find it easy to relinquish Set to Grey?

Short Essay Questions

1. What characteristic does Grey say is shared by her mother and her sister and her niece?

2. What is the setting where Set begins his vision quest?

3. Why were the Piegan people unable to believe in the child?

4. Who is the boy that Set sees and hears in the garden of his old house?

5. Why does Set enter his old house with dread?

6. What is the vision that Set hopes to see?

7. As Grey changes from a girl to a woman, how does Set's attitude toward her change?

8. What understanding about Set does Lola Bourne come to while he is hospitalized?

9. In Chapter Twelve, Grey does something that has been important to her for the last time. What is it?

10. Why does Grey feel at once humbled and important when she thinks of Set?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both Set and Grey come from more than one ancestral background. Discuss the similarities and differences between the families of each. Use direct quotations and examples from the story to support each point.

Essay Topic 2

Masks are an important theme in this story. Where/how are masks seen in this book? Are masks symbolic in this story? What do they represent? Use quotations and examples from the story to support your idea about masks in this book.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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