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73 pages 2 hours read

Leslie Marmon Silko

Ceremony

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1977

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Exam Answer Key

Multiple Choice

1. B (5-7)

2. D (13-15)

3. A (Various locations)

4. C (Various locations)

5. C (31)

6. A (32-35)

7. B (Various locations)

8. D (Various locations)

9. C (66-67)

10. B (Various locations)

11. B (Various locations)

12. A (77)

13. D (194-95)

14. A (226)

15. D (233-42)

Long Answer

1. Tayo at first blames the jungle for Rocky’s death, in part because he is resistant to blaming the Japanese. Tayo understands that something is wrong with the way his friends (who do blame enemy soldiers) construct blame, but he cannot articulate what it is. He comes to believe that his blame of the jungle is misplaced due to Betonie’s teachings and feels that he has in fact invoked a horrible curse on the reservation by blaming the jungle. Tayo ends the novel understanding that the “destroyers” and “witchery” are responsible for Rocky’s death; these concepts roughly encapsulate colonizers, imperialists, warmongers, etc. (Various locations)

2. Emo believes that the land Indigenous people have is no good and has been pillaged of everything of value. He believes that their traditions are pointless now and that the only good things in life are to be found in white people’s cities, towns, etc.

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