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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 did the man who was sent off by the Kiowas trying to look for?

2. What was the small snare trap made out of?

3. The ___________ Watchers Society was the principal ceremonial organization of the Bahkyush.

4. During what season did Tosamah's grandmother die, according to his story?

5. What was the name of the great volcanic crater that lay high up on the western slope of the range?

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. Describe the creature that Tosamah's grandmother had described in a story about a man who set off to find food for his people.

3. Why does Ben think that Milly is going to come around anymore, according to what he has noticed?

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

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

6. What was the plan that Abel and Ben shared before Abel left the following day?

7. How did Abel and Ben meet each other for the first time, as Ben recalls it during a trip down memory lane?

8. 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.

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

10. What happened when Abel finally did go back to work after the incident at the card game?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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