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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. The men in the prayer circle with Tosamah smoked and ate _____________.

2. What is caught in a small snare trap that the old man has set at the beginning of the story?

3. Who is the old Kiowa woman that Tosamah references in his story during the sermon he is giving?

4. Who is the old man who is driving his team of old mares along the river in a canyon at the beginning?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened during the incident with Abel and the tank, according to Bowker?

3. As Abel stares out into the silent valley, what is the memory he recalls having shared with Vidal?

4. What happened between Abel and the daughter of Medina in January of 1937?

5. Who managed to fix Abel's bad back when he was thrown off his horse, even though his grandfather could not?

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

7. What happens when Abel comes off the bus when Francisco comes to pick him up?

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

9. What caused Francisco to be afraid during the birth of his child, which then caused his girlfriend to leave him?

10. What surrounded Francisco in his camp when he was riding out as a young man?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

While it's never implicitly stated, Martinez obviously has a problem with Native Americans.

Part 1: List at least three examples of how Martinez displays his problem with Native Americans.

Part 2: Why do you think Momaday doesn't seem to create a more intense character of Martinez? Wouldn't it be easier to show Martinez as a prejudiced jerk?

Part 3: What does Martinez bring to the novel? What does his presence create in the book?

Essay Topic 2

There are vast differences between the older and the newer generations of Native Americans in this story.

Part 1: Compare and contrast the older and newer generations of Native Americans in this story.

Part 2: Do you think the newer generation of Native Americans is hopeful? Why or why not?

Part 3: What does Momaday seem to be saying for the future of Native Americans?

Essay Topic 3

The memories that flood back into Abel's mind give the reader a sense of who he was when he was younger, but also a sense of who is is in the present day.

Part 1: Why do you think Momaday decided to write about Abel through the memories he has?

Part 2: Why are memories a good way to get to know someone?

Part 3: Do you think the story would have been stronger if the life story of Abel had been told in a more conventional way? Why or why not?

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