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 had caused Set's breakdown, according to the hospital?

2. How long does Worcester Meat think he will live?

3. Who is Koi-ehm-toya?

4. What did Koi-ehm-toya's great-great-grandson dream of in his old age?

5. What change comes over Grey at her mother's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what does Grey thank Lola Bourne?

2. What is the Kaitsenko Society?

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

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

5. How does Set respond to the hospital staff's diagnosis and explanations of his condition?

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

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

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

9. Why is it important to Dr. Terriman and Lola Bourne that Set dances?

10. What does Set mean when he tells Lela that the bear stands against him, and that he is the bear?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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