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

2. What does the sound of the wind remind the main character of?

3. Ayah remembers that Danny used to do what?

4. How did Chato break his leg?

5. At the beginning of the story, where is Ayah sitting?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why didn't Ayah mourn Jimmie's death when she first hears the news?

2. How did Ayah find peace in the fear stained air of Azzie's Bar?

3. Ayah signs the papers the white doctors want, feeling proud that she can sign her name in English. Why does this simple act of signing her name cost her so much?

4. Why was Ayah satisfied when the white rancher fires Chato and evicted them from the shack?

5. What is the significance of Ayah recognizing one of the white doctors who came to her home?

6. Why does Ayah hate the information that Chato told her it was the old woman who died in the winter that gave the children a disease?

7. 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?

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 is the purpose of Ayah remembering Jimmie's birth in the opening scene?

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

The theme of loss is ever-present in Lullaby. What does Silko state is loss through Ayah's memories of her life? How does the overall tone of the story convey this sense of loss? Use fact details from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

How do the hills and landscape comfort Ayah when she attempts to escape with the Danny and Ella to the mesa? After they are taken, it is this place Ayah stays. Why? What do the parts of the landscape mean to her? How do they remind her of her children? Use the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the story, Ayah sings a lullaby to Chato as he peacefully dies in his sleep during the bitter cold. How is the act representative of Ayah finding peace? In what ways does it support the Navajos' belief in the circle of life? What is the importance of song in Lullaby? How does the importance of oral tradition play into song and its usage in Lullaby? Use fact details from the text to support your answer.

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