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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 is the name of the Apache sheepherder Auntie has?

2. How does Harley get a mirror outside the Y bar?

3. What does Harley say he traded for the truck he is driving?

4. What does Josiah tell Tayo is the reason for droughts?

5. Why does Tayo shake the branches on the tree outside Ts’eh’s house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tayo do when his friends leave in the morning what does he come to realize?

2. Where does Tayo spend the night on the day he finds the cattle and who does he see when he wakes?

3. Who are the family members who are kind to Tayo?

4. What does Betonie show Tayo about his illness and how it is related to white people?

5. Where does Tayo end up finding the cattle again with the man’s help?

6. Why does Tayo feel guilty about Josiah?

7. What does Tayo tell Ku'oosh about the war and about the drought?

8. What does Tayo first do when he goes to hunt for the cattle?

9. Where does Robert take Tayo at Ku'oosh’s suggestion and how does Tayo feel when he gets there? How does Tayo’s feelings change?

10. How does Josiah feel about Tayo and how does Josiah treat Tayo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ceremony belongs to the Native American fiction genre.

Define the literary term "genre" and name three other genres in addition to the Native American fiction genre. What are the advantages and disadvantages of assigning a genre to a novel? What do you think is the difference between a Native American fiction and a science fiction novel or a mystery?

Essay Topic 2

Tayo must deal with a lifelong self-concept fostered by Auntie and both the Pueblo Indians and the white people that he is somehow an outcast and unfit because he is neither white nor Indian.

Discuss the ways in which a person might be affected by feeling like he does not fit into any group or culture. Include in the discussion reasons the Indians and the whites might view Tayo as not belonging to their group. Use examples from Ceremony to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

The world of the battlefield was the most hostile and threatening of all the experiences in his life. Some men seem to survive these horrors while moving on and making lives for themselves, while others are emotionally unable to cope, and Tayo was one of the latter.

How do you think Tayo’s early life might have affected his response to the battle field? Why might his reactions to battle be considered a weakness to some people? Why are his reactions not a weakness? Use examples from Ceremony to support your response.

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