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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. ____________ testified that Abel killed by an act of imagination so compelling that it was inconceivable.

2. Who looked after Abel and the rest of his family because their father left a long time before?

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

4. What was Abel listening to men do when his grandfather called him to see his dead brother?

5. Who collapses into Francisco's arms, not even recognizing him as he arrives at the bus station?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened during the summer and the autumn rain retreats, according to the stories in the book?

3. What did Francisco tell Abel about the area across the Arroyo Bajo to the edge of the red rock that looked out over the plain?

4. What did Abel do in response to Tosamah's insults during the card game they shared after a 12-hour shift?

5. Where did Francisco take his grandsons once he believed they were old enough for it?

6. What does Tosamah include in his sermon about the Word and Truth as he preaches in Los Angeles?

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 is Abel's final memory before leaving to head off to the war to fight?

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

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

The structure of the storytelling seems to be something is very special to the Native American culture.

Part 1: Why is storytelling so important within the context of this story?

Part 2: Why are stories important to share with others, especially those we love?

Part 3: Why is it important for the priests in this book to relate the stories of history?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The initial opening with the trap that did not catch what it was intended to catch seems to be symbolic for the rest of the manuscript.

Part 1: In what way is Abel trapped in this story? Could he have avoided his trap?

Part 2: What other characters might be seen as trapped? Why?

Part 3: What might the symbolic dead body floating down the stream refer to in the story? Who also has been let go? Why?

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