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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 does Set do each morning as he first wakes up?
2. What does Set feel as he picks up the bear's paw?
3. What quality did the Kiowas have that the Navajo did not approve?
4. When Set returns to his adoptive father Bent's house, who does he see at first in his mind's eye?
5. What does Billy the Kid bring to Sitting Bear?
Short Essay Questions
1. Grey closes one calendar and opens another in Chapter Eleven of Book Two. What do these different calendars represent?
2. In Chapter Twelve, Grey does something that has been important to her for the last time. What is it?
3. What did every people who inhabited the great plains find there?
4. Why does Set enter his old house with dread?
5. What does Set feel as he opens the medicine bundle?
6. What is unusual about the death of Worcester Meat?
7. Who is the boy that Set sees and hears in the garden of his old house?
8. How does Grey know that Set will act in the proper way?
9. What does Set mean when he tells Lela that the bear stands against him, and that he is the bear?
10. Why does Grey feel at once humbled and important when she thinks of Set?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Momaday is a poet as well as a novelist, and many of the passages in this story are poetic. What makes poetry? Select three or four passages that you believe show characteristics of poetry and tell why you think so in each case.
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
Consider this story from another character's point of view. Briefly write a narrative including the main facts in this story from the point of view of Jason, Dr. Merriman, or Lola Bourne.
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