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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. In Chapter 1, what is stenciled on the back of the Little Fire God's sweatshirt?

2. In Chapter 10, who is described as a baptized Christian and Catholic communicant?

3. Who was Nashibitti?

4. Where do the hippies in the commune sometimes give rides to Young Husband and Young Wife?

5. Who is the Navajo friend of the Little Fire God?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Leaphorn's plans for Cecil after his father's death?

3. How do the four original men working this case react to Agents O'Malley and Baker?

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

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

6. What does "kachina" mean in Chapter 3?

7. What does Leaphorn find when he enters the Bowlegs' hogan?

8. What is the job given to Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn in Chapter 2 and why?

9. What are the Koyemshi, and what is their significance?

10. After leaving the Bowlegs hogan in Chapter 14, what is Leaphorn's plan for the investigation.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 10, it is revealed that if Ernesto Cata had lived, he would have grown up as a respected and honored member of the Zuni, even a leader. Compare and contrast Ernesto's possible future with George's probable future. Does this explain some of George's "crazy" behavior that several have reported to Leaphorn?

Essay Topic 2

Although it becomes important to Leaphorn to protect George and Susanne, he is first a detective. As a detective, he must rule them out not with his heart but with logic, which he is able to do. Explain how Leaphorn uses logic in Chapter 16 to add or rule out suspects or reasons for the deaths.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 3, the reader learns more about George Bowlegs through Leaphorn's eyes and in his conversation with George's younger brother, Cecil. This information leaves the reader feeling empathetic for both boys who live a life of loneliness and poverty. Which testimony from Chapter 3 is more powerful in its ability to generate the empathy: Leaphorn's observations or what Cecil says. Would the empathy be as strong with only perspective of the Bowlegs home life?

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