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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. The men in the prayer circle with Tosamah smoked and ate _____________.

2. What is caught in a small snare trap that the old man has set at the beginning of the story?

3. Who is the old Kiowa woman that Tosamah references in his story during the sermon he is giving?

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

5. With which group did the Kiowa have an alliance for a very long time - more than a hundred years?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened during the incident with Abel and the tank, according to Bowker?

3. As Abel stares out into the silent valley, what is the memory he recalls having shared with Vidal?

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

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

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

7. What happens when Abel comes off the bus when Francisco comes to pick him up?

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

9. What caused Francisco to be afraid during the birth of his child, which then caused his girlfriend to leave him?

10. What surrounded Francisco in his camp when he was riding out as a young man?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The idea of being different from others seems to affect each of the characters in different ways.

Part 1: How might Abel's life have been different had he not been thought of as foreign?

Part 2: Why do you think foreign is considered to be a bad thing in this book and in the lives of the characters?

Part 3: Do you believe that Abel is bad person? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

At times, it seems the portrayal of women is a bit less than fair, especially in the minds of female readers.

Part 1: What are the main characteristics the female characters in the book share?

Part 2: Are women shown to be strong and powerful? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think women aren't portrayed in a more positive light? Or are they?

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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