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. What caused the Piegan people to continue to believe in the boy who turned into a bear?

2. What ceremony does Grey perform in the Kiowa way?

3. What does Dr. Terriman discuss with Set?

4. What did the ancient Native Americans call the plains?

5. What increases the bond between Set and Grey?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Grey closes one calendar and opens another in Chapter Eleven of Book Two. What do these different calendars represent?

3. What do the lines on the red earth represent?

4. For what does Grey thank Lola Bourne?

5. Why does each man of the Plains Indians look upon Tsoai first thing each morning?

6. What did every people who inhabited the great plains find there?

7. How does Grey know that Set will act in the proper way?

8. In his old age, what is the last thing that the shield maker dreams? Why is this dream of his significant?

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

10. Why did the native people move south into the great plains?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Every author has a philosophical basis as well as a cultural one for the stories that he chooses to tell. Based on this story, examine what you think are Momaday's deeply-held beliefs about what is important in life. Justify your opinion with quotations and examples from the story.

Essay Topic 2

Explain which purpose Momaday had in mind as he wrote. Was his purpose to inform, to entertain, or to persuade? Why do you think so? Was he successful in achieving his purpose?

Essay Topic 3

How does the girl Grey view the power of her sexuality? How does the woman Grey change? In your essay, analyze Grey's changing attitude toward sex.

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