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 does Billy the Kid bring to Sitting Bear?

2. What does Grey ask Perfecto Atole to do for Set?

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

4. What does Lola Bourne think Set is doing?

5. Why couldn't the plains have an ordinary place name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Worcester Meat feel when he dies?

4. What does Grey see of Set beyond his physical appearance?

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

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

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

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

9. What is unusual about the death of Worcester Meat?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Names play an important role in this story. Describe the significance of names in this story, paying particular attention to the unnamed boy and Grey's bestowal of names on herself and Dog. Use quotations from the book to support your idea.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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