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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 Harley say he traded for the truck he is driving?

2. What is unusual about the pine tree where Tayo makes a hole in the fence where his cattle are located?

3. In May where does Tayo tell his family he is going to go?

4. What is the north side of Gallup called?

5. What does Tayo do when he goes into the corn field one night?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does a woman help Tayo find the cattle?

2. What does Josiah decide to purchase and who advised him to do it?

3. How does Tayo start herding the cattle?

4. How does Rocky end up dead?

5. What does the herd of cattle do as soon as they are unloaded and what does Josiah tell Tayo about their behavior?

6. What does Betonie tell Tayo about change and trust?

7. What does Tayo think about the cattle in the book compared to his uncle’s cattle?

8. What does Betonie do when he takes Tayo up into the foothills? How does Tayo respond?

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. Why does Tayo feel guilty about Josiah?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two.

What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven or action driven? Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why? Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character are developed to the same degree? Why or why not? What type of plot do you think Ceremony is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

One of the themes of the story is that white people are alien, they are not superior, as is commonly thought, and do not dictate cultural morés to the Native Americans.

Discuss the reasons the Indians might have viewed white people as alien or strange and how some of that viewpoint changed during the course of Ceremony. Use examples from Ceremony to support your response.

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