Ceremony Test | Mid-Book 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 is Emo drinking at the bar?

2. Where does Harley tell Leroy to take Tayo for a cure?

3. Where do Harley and Tayo pick up a ride after they leave the spring?

4. What does Ku'oosh tell Tayo about the world?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the two ranch hands leave Tayo alone?

2. What does Tayo’s mother do with him when he is four?

3. What do Tayo’s friends do when they come again and what does he do first?

4. How does Tayo prefer to sleep and how does Old Grandma and Robert feel around Tayo?

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

6. How does Rocky end up dead?

7. What happens when Tayo is knocked unconscious and then wakes?

8. How does Robert begin to break through to Tayo and why might Robert be a good person to talk to his nephew?

9. What are Tayo’s symptoms after he leaves the hospital and how does a Japanese person help him?

10. What does Tayo first do when he leaves Betonie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tayo's friends are bewitched and dangerous. He must separate himself from them, and his attempts to do so almost get him killed. They cannot deal with his increasing understanding, so they must kill him.

Discuss why Tayo’s friends are threatened by Tayo’s continual walk towards mental health and why his change might make them feel threatened. Use examples from Ceremony to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

One medicine man also talks about the fragility of the world, something that Tayo understands intimately. He knows all too well how difficult it is to maintain balance in a hostile, chaotic world.

Why do you think Tayo sees the world as hostile and chaotic and what do you think Tayo means by balance? Use examples from Ceremony to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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