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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 gives a sermon in the basement of a two-story red brick building in ______________ in which he lives.

2. To find his grandmother's grave, Tosamah has to walk along the path of the _______________.

3. What is the profession of the husband of Mrs. Martin St. John as is revealed when she speaks to Father?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who are the people who are at the prayer meeting with Tosamah at the beginning of this chapter?

6. When Abel's body is wracked with pain as he is lying in the ditch, what is the memory he recalls about his grandfather?

7. What did Milly's father do for her in order to give her the best life she could hope to have?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Very often, flashbacks are being use in the story to help the reader understand present day characters.

Part 1: Why are flashbacks used more often than present day narrative pieces?

Part 2: Why do you think flashbacks are triggered in Abel?

Part 3: What makes the flashbacks more powerful than the modern day actions and stories?

Essay Topic 2

During retreats, people would give offerings and pray at various holy places.

Part 1: Why do you think people felt the need to give offerings at the holy places?

Part 2: What might have been some of the offerings you would have left at the holy places?

Part 3: How do you think the offerings to the holy places help the offering person feel about themselves or their lives?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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