House Made of Dawn Test | 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. What was the small snare trap made out of?

2. ____________ father had worked the land for years with little success in doing so.

3. Father Olguin dresses in the __________ chasuble while outside people shuffle in the pews.

4. During what month did Tosamah finally visit his grandmother's grave, according to his story?

5. At one point during his 'escape' from the men following him, Abel rolled himself into the ___________ of a truck.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the group called the Bahkyush. Who are they and how might they be described to others?

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

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 theme of running is also something which appears at various parts of the book as well.

Part 1: Why is the theme of running important in this story?

Part 2: How does running affect the life of Abel specifically?

Part 3: Which characters are 'running' in this story, in a figurative sense? Why?

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