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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. When Danny and Ella came to visit, whom does Ayah remember came with them?
(a) Chato's family.
(b) Her mother and grandmother.
(c) Her mother.
(d) White women.

2. While Ayah worked with the wool as a little girl, what did her grandma do?
(a) She spun yarn around spindles.
(b) She wove the yarn on the loom.
(c) She sheared the sheep.
(d) She prayed.

3. Whom did the government person talk to about Jimmie's death?
(a) Ayah's mother.
(b) The white rancher.
(c) Chato.
(d) Ayah.

4. What did Ayah do by signing her name that she didn't realize until later?
(a) She denied permission for herself to receive benefits.
(b) She gave permission for her two children to be removed from her care.
(c) She denied permission for Chato to work.
(d) She gave permission for her two children to be adopted.

5. Ayah remembers doing what to her mother when she knows it is time to give birth to Jimmie?
(a) Whisper.
(b) Cry.
(c) Reach across the hogan to her.
(d) Hug her.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Ayah studies the faces in the bar, whom do they remind her of?

2. Why does Ayah take care of Chato?

3. As Ayah learned the rhythm of her pains while in labor with Jimmie, what did she smell outside the stone hogan?

4. What point of view is the story told from?

5. What metaphor does Silko use to compare the snowflakes to as they enter the bar?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ayah's fear of the white doctors drive her to give away her children?

2. How did the environment of the hills take away Ayah's and the children's fear and anger?

3. Why did Ayah feel relieved that the wine and the government money were gone?

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

5. 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.

6. Why did Ayah feel the men look at her like she is a spider?

7. What do the scars on Chato's hands symbolize?

8. What is the significance of the doctors returning the next day with a police officer?

9. Why did the men in the bar remind Ayah of the first time white people brought Danny and Ella back?

10. Why is it important for Ayah to remember that her mother's blankets are soft and woven so tight that rain rolls off of them?

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