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. As Set grows stronger, what does he begin to do?

2. What quality did the Kiowas have that the Navajo did not approve?

3. Why does Set's chart say that he is capable of violence?

4. Why does Lola Bourne think she cannot help Set?

5. Why don't Grey and Set speak at the dance?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Who becomes the maker of shields?

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

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

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

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

The book begins with a section called "Planes," then a section called "Lines," then "Shapes," and ultimately, "Shadows." What do you think this geometrical view of the world represents? Use quotations from the story to support your point of view.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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