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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 would Nicolas teah-whau beg for at the side of the road of others who passed?

2. At one point during his 'escape' from the men following him, Abel rolled himself into the ___________ of a truck.

3. How much is Abel paid to cut the wood that Mrs. Martin St. John asks him to cut up for her?

4. At age ____________, Milly's father gave her all of his savings in order to get her to live a better life elsewhere.

5. Who did Abel kill which led to his being put into prison for six years?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is close to the body of Abel, as he lies in a ditch - cold and in pain, with his hands and fingers broken?

2. Describe the relationship Francisco had with a young girl when he was a younger man.

3. Who did not dance when the group of men got together to get drunk the night before Abel's departure?

4. What happens when Abel sings and calls out during one of the rain retreats, according to his memory?

5. What happened on the night of the memory that Abel recalls about himself and about his brother, Vidal?

6. What did Francisco do to the bear after he finally tracked him down in the forest and then killed him?

7. Describe the life of Milly and how Abel recalls it unfolding as he is lying in the ditch, injured and unable to do anything but think.

8. What did Francisco do after returning to his horses after killing the bear in a sort of rite of passage?

9. What does Abel see as he is looking out over the rim of the Valle Grande?

10. What is the first animal that crosses Abel's path when the grandfather gets him up early to go hunting at daybreak?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The scene in which Abel kills the albino seems to be a striking and yet understandable scene.

Part 1: Why do you think Abel decided to kill the albino?

Part 2: How do you think Abel felt about killing the albino?

Part 3: What is the potential symbolism of this scene? What might it represent in terms of race relations, for example?

Essay Topic 2

It's obvious that Momaday cares deeply for the Native American culture and its preservation, which makes sense as he is also of Native American descent.

Part 1: How do you think Momaday portrays Native Americans? In a positive way or in a negative way?

Part 2: How do you think Momaday's own cultural background may have influenced his storytelling?

Part 3: Had the author not been Native American, how might the story have changed?

Essay Topic 3

The family connections in this story are compelling, though they might not always be positive.

Part 1: How does family play a role in Abel's life?

Part 2: Does the author seem to believe family is important? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think Abel's father was not a part of his life?

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