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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. Who are Bacobi and Atarque?

2. In Chapter 1, the Little Fire God is running. What is to the west of where he is?

3. How many people originally settled the commune?

4. What happened to Hu-tu-tu when he stumbled on the causeway over the Zuni Wash?

5. In Chapter 5, Leaphorn talks to Young Husband, a neighbor to the commune. Where has Young Husband spent 12 months?

Short Essay Questions

1. Leaphorn decides to take his rifle with him into the Bowlegs' hogan in Chapter 8. Why does he do this?

2. Describe John O'Malley.

3. What had happened the last time that Ted Isaacs had seen Ernesto Cata and George Bowlegs?

4. What does Leaphorn learn from retrieving Cecil's belongings from the hogan in Chapter 9?

5. Why does Frank Bob Madman abandon his hogan?

6. Describe the landscape in Chapter 1.

7. What does Leaphorn learn from Shorty Bowlegs in Chapter 3?

8. Susanne is taking care of Otis, who she explains is sick. What is wrong with Otis in Leaphorn's opinion?

9. What does Leaphorn see standing in the arbor of the commune in Chapter 5?

10. What is distracting Leaphorn at the beginning of Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the death of Shorty Bowlegs, Leaphorn assumes responsibility for Cecil Bowlegs. Discuss the Navajo concept of family and children.

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 4 manages to raise a larger societal issue as Leaphorn recalls a plaque he once saw in a Native American school that read, "Tradition is the Enemy of Progress." Leaphorn recognizes that the Zunis have been better able to cling to their traditional ways than the Navajo. It is the loss of some of the old ways of the Navajo that have sent George in search of something in Zuni religion. Because of the teachings of his grandfather in the old ways, Leaphorn expresses sadness that other Navajo don't have this in their lives. Discuss how traditional ways guide Leaphorn in his daily life and in his role as a police officer.

Essay Topic 3

While watching for George above the Zuni village, Leaphorn paints a vivid picture of his surroundings. This is something he has done in previous chapters as well. What do you think Leaphorn's feelings for his environment are? Does his environment affect his day-to-day life? If so, in what way?

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