Dance Hall of the Dead Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. In Chapter 1, why are there some things that the Little Fire God's friend, George Bowlegs, can't know?

George Bowlegs is Navajo, but is asking questions about sacred information to the Zuni.

2. Describe the boy called the Little Fire God in Chapter 1.

The boy called the Little Fire God in the book is still a boy, although mostly likely a teenager from his mature thoughts. He is slender and in good shape. The Little Fire God has black hair, and he is wearing sweat pants, a sweat shirt that says "Property of Zuni Consolidated Schools," and spiked running shoes.

3. What is the boy in Chapter 1 training for?

The boy in Chapter 1 is training for his role as the Little Fire God in a tribal ritual event known as Shalako. He will lead the Council from the ancestral village to Zuni and then dance all night. The boy wants to be in shape for this challenging task awarded to him.

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