Lullaby 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 came to Ayah's house to discuss news about Jimmie?

2. What is trapped in Ayah's hair as she moves through the bar?

3. Where were Ayah, Chato and their family living when the government car pulled up outside their home?

4. According to Ayah, what keeps her people connected to the land?

5. Why is Chato permitted in the bars?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Silko make a point of stating that the white doctors came before they hire Navajo women to go with them as interpreters?

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

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

5. What does Jimmie's true Navajo name being reduced to something as common as "Jimmie" in English say about the white man?

6. 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.

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

8. Ayah states she is frightened by how the doctors look at the children, like lizards watching flies. Why does this metaphor drive home the predator and prey motif?

9. Why is Ayah's hatred of the fact that Chato teaches her to sign her name a part of the theme of the story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Silko end Ayah's and Chato's lives in the manner she does? Do you find this method effective ending? Why or why not? Use fact details from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

How are the traditional ways of the Navajo people personified in Lullaby? How does Silko incorporate and weave these traditions into the text of the story and how do those traditions affect the protagonist, Ayah? Use the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The Anglos aren't the only people who have conflict with the Navajos and Ayah. Explain how Ayah and Chato along with other Navajos interact with Spanish Americans. What are the differences to how they interact with Anglos? Discuss the similarities. Use the text to support your answer.

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