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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. As a child visiting Yellow Calf, what did the narrator and his escort take with them?
2. While pulling the cow out of the mud, what does the narrator realize about his feelings toward Lame Bull?
3. In the family graveyard, what material does the family use for grave markers?
4. While the narrator and Mose are herding cattle, which type of cow goes first?
5. Upon Ferdinand Horn's second visit, what does the narrator tell him that surprises him?
Short Essay Questions
1. When the narrator sees the white man arrested, how is he treated by the other bar patrons?
2. When Ferdinand Horn offers his condolences, is he truly sorry?
3. After the narrator digs his grandmother's grave, what does he begin to think about, and what effect do his thoughts have on him?
4. How does Lame Bull react to the death of the grandmother?
5. What complicates the narrator's attempt to save the cow at the end of the book?
6. When Lame Bull gives the eulogy for the old woman, what is it like?
7. After the narrator's grandmother dies, what is the mood of her family?
8. When the narrator goes out to visit Yellow Calf the second time, what does he learn about his grandmother?
9. In Chapter 42, while the narrator begins to lose consciousness after his horse slips, what does he realize?
10. Why does First Raise take the narrator to visit Yellow Calf and why is that significant?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
During the story, the narrator is drunk, robbed, beaten, and nearly arrested. How much of the narrator's background contributes to his misfortune? How much is the result of his own choices?
Essay Topic 2
What is significant about the narrator's realization that Yellow Calf is his grandfather? How does this affect him and his story? How does this fit in with the overall theme of the story?
Essay Topic 3
What is the narrator's opinion of the outside world? Recalling the encounters that the narrator has with the outside world, is his opinion warranted?
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