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 is the young altar boy told to do quickly before the mass would begin?

2. ________ thought the gray geese to be beautiful against the moon as they flew.

3. At ___________, Francisco and Abel waited for dawn at the house of Juliano Medina.

4. What does Mrs. Martin St. John ask Father Olguin to help her find when she stays in town?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Father Olguin think caused Abel to kill the albino so many years ago, testifying in court to this being the reason for Abel's actions?

3. What did Abel do after realizing that his grandfather had died during a moment when Abel fell asleep?

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

5. Why didn't Abel go to see his grandfather's house on the third day after his arrival?

6. Describe the character of Nicolas teach-whau - who was this women to Abel in this story?

7. What things did Ben offer to Abel on the first day they were introduced to each other?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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