The Grass Dancer Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Susan Power
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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. Who tells a story about a displeased wife whose husband brings home a second wife?

2. Who does Margaret refuse to let in her house?

3. What do Evie and Lydia do for several days?

4. Who does Crystal admire?

5. What does Henry imagine are the headlights from Calvin Wind Soldier's truck?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes Luther Faribault to climb on Mercury's roof?

2. Why do Jeannette's students not tell stories that are personal?

3. What does Anna tell Crystal regarding her spirit?

4. Why does Charlene decide to not commit suicide after the potluck dinner?

5. How does Anna respond to Jeannette when she asks why people revere Herod but whisper fearfully about Anna?

6. What does Archie do with the Harley Davidson motorcycle?

7. Why does Ghost Horse marry Red Dress posthumously?

8. How does Josephine change after her husband's death?

9. What is the critical junction in Harley's life?

10. What connection do Ghost Horse and Red Dress still have with their descendants today?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This book is not written chronologically.

Part 1) How is the order of the book decided?

Part 2) Why does the author choose this order?

Part 3) Is this an effective tool for telling this story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Native American spirits float in and out of this novel as if they are human characters.

Part 1) Who are some of these spirits?

Part 2) Why are they included in this story?

Part 3) Are they meant to actually exist, or are they used as symbols? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Jeannette McVay idealizes the Native American culture.

Part 1) Give examples from the text that show this.

Part 2) Why does she have almost an obsession for Native American life and culture?

Part 3) How does this affect her view of her own culture and background?

(see the answer keys)

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