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

2. The A.A. Kaul _________ Company uses the second floor of Tosamah's building as a storage facility.

3. Tosamah returned to ____________ Mountain in order to visit his grandmother's grave.

4. What did the female eagle in the mating flight carry in her claws as she flew, dropping it to the male?

5. Abel keeps himself in the __________ as he makes his way through the city, in order to keep himself hidden.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Ben do when he goes to the Silver Dollar after dropping off Abel at the bus station?

5. What occurred as a result of Abel's father being an outsider, even though Abel never knew him?

6. What is in the trap that Francisco set a long time ago at the opening of the book?

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

8. What did Abel do after he left his grandfather's house after Francisco died?

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

10. What happens in the memory Abel has of his grandfather calling him as he heard the old men pray?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The role of alcohol in this story is prevalent, with it changing the lives of all the bottle touches.

Part 1: Why is alcohol something so many people turn to in this story?

Part 2: Why doesn't alcohol seem to help anyone solve their problems?

Part 3: What might the story have been like without the presence of alcohol in the lives of the characters?

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