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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where were Ayah, Chato and their family living when the government car pulled up outside their home?
(a) A boxcar shack on the white man's ranch.
(b) In a hogan.
(c) In a teepee.
(d) In an apartment.

2. Ayah remembers that when Ella came to visit, she used to____.
(a) Nuzzle close to her like she does when she is a baby.
(b) Hide behind the white woman.
(c) Hide behind the white man.
(d) Sit down by the fire.

3. Why is the Spanish polka music the only sounds in the bar?
(a) The bartender orders everyone to silence.
(b) The bar is empty.
(c) Everyone is dancing.
(d) Everyone is silent, watching Ayah.

4. When Ayah looked at Chato's scarred hands and at his face, what did she think of him?
(a) He was broken.
(b) He worked hard.
(c) He was her husband.
(d) He was a stranger.

5. What are the names of Ayah's two children she lost to the Bureau of Indian Affairs?
(a) Jimmie and Steve.
(b) Ella and Danny.
(c) Erica and Noemi.
(d) Billy and Joe.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ayah need to warm herself by the fire?

2. How did the blond woman behave while Ayah's children were visiting?

3. What metaphor does the people in the bar's looks compare Ayah to?

4. While Ayah worked with the wool as a little girl, what did her grandma do?

5. Why does Ayah take care of Chato?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the death of Jimmie serve as an important memory for Ayah and for the reader?

2. In the opening paragraph of "Lullaby", Ayah reaches out to touch the falling snow--like her babies do--and this makes her smile. Describe how this analogy to youth ties into the title of the short story.

3. Although Ayah doesn't cry at first, she "hurts inside with anger". What does this mean and how does it fuel her anger toward the white man?

4. What is the significance of Ayah offering half her blanket to Chato as they walk down the road?

5. What does Ayah's walk back to the bar symbolize?

6. Why did Ayah no longer feel cold after remembering weaving and her traditional clothing?

7. Why was the walk back to the bar a "hard walk" for Ayah?

8. When Ayah openly accuses the whites of lying, why does Chato's words, "It's too late now", symbolic of the white and Native American relationships of the past?

9. What does Ayah mean when she says "they are already being weaned from the lava hills and from this sky"?

10. In what ways is the older Navajo men's warning about language--to learn their language or any of their ways endangers you--borne out throughout the story?

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