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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. Tosamah returned to ____________ Mountain in order to visit his grandmother's grave.

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

3. Who was once considered the best long race runner in the region?

4. Where is Abel lying prostrate as the prayer meeting is taking place in Los Angeles?

5. With which group did the Kiowa have an alliance for a very long time - more than a hundred years?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Tosamah have to do in order to reach the grave of his grandmother when he went out to visit her?

2. What were some of the ways Tosamah insulted Abel, even though he did not do so directly?

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

4. What is in the trap that Francisco set a long time ago at the opening of the book?

5. Describe the history of the Kiowa, as Tosamah describes it from his own memory and his own experience.

6. Was the plan that Abel and Ben had real or one that was made up just to make them feel close?

7. What does Abel do when he sees the bird in the sack after it has been captured?

8. Who is the Priest of the Sun, who appears at the beginning of this second chapter of the book?

9. After Abel had his experience with the box canyon, what did he do after that?

10. Who had Francisco beaten in a race for good hunting and harvests, something which he looks upon fondly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It's apparent that the role of spirituality is one that is important, even as it stretches across Walatowa and Los Angeles.

Part 1: Why are the priests so important within the context of the story?

Part 2: How does Father Olguin affect the other characters in this book?

Part 3: How does Tosamah affect others within the context of this story?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of being different from others seems to affect each of the characters in different ways.

Part 1: How might Abel's life have been different had he not been thought of as foreign?

Part 2: Why do you think foreign is considered to be a bad thing in this book and in the lives of the characters?

Part 3: Do you believe that Abel is bad person? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The role of nature is obvious in this story, with many of the important events taking place outside.

Part 1: Why do you think nature is important to the characters in the story?

Part 2: How might the story have changed had there been less nature and nature-based experiences for the characters?

Part 3: Do you believe nature to be an important part of your life?

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