I Heard the Owl Call My Name 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. What is dumped into the the center of the stream by the villagers?

2. What arrived at the village in November?

3. Who has returned to the village after their self-imposed exile?

4. How do the Indians respond to Mark Brian's attempts to learn their language?

5. Why is the whole tribe home together for the first time since Mark's arrival in the village?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Gordon's mask to the tribe?

2. Describe the Bishop's intentions for the young ordinand.

3. What limitations does the ordinand's illness place on him?

4. Why is Jim interested in the prayer Mark Brian recites?

5. Who speaks at the funeral after Mark Brian is done?

6. According to the Bishop, how does an Indian feel about his village?

7. What recurring idea or image appears as the author describes the state of the village and the graveyard?

8. Why does Mark Brian refuse the Bishop's offer to send a new vicarage?

9. What causes Gordon's family to sell the tribal mask that has been in their family for so long?

10. What did mothers of deceased children tell them as part of the old tradition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the motifs of questions, answers, and prayers in the novel. If "...no prayer's unanswered and no prayer unheard," write an essay in which you determine the significance of questions, answers, or prayers for the characters in the novel. Be sure to examine the role of these motifs in creating the author's message.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the role of myths and legends in the novel. Write an essay in which you explain how the myths and legends affect events and/or characters in the novel, and use at least three examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Changing seasons are mentioned frequently in Craven's novel. Consider how the seasons reflect Craven's message in any one of the four parts of her novel, or in her novel as a whole, and write an essay in which you explore the changing and their contribution to theme.

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