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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. When was the last time Isaacs saw George Bowlegs and Ernesto Cata?

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

3. In Chapter 3, Leaphorn makes the observation that days that begin badly end badly. What happens to make him think this?

4. By the end of Chapter 8, who arrives at the hogan?

5. Who is having a birthday in a few days and turning 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the vehicle that Leaphorn travels in.

2. Describe the landscape in Chapter 1.

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

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

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

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

7. Explain the Bow Society as mentioned in Dance Hall of the Dead?

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

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

10. What had George asked of Susanne the last time she saw him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Author Hillerman makes several references to the Navajo way of life being a lonely life. Leaphorn seems comfortable in his aloneness, while the loneliness leaves George Bowlegs searching for answers. In comparison, the non-Navajo Susanne is also alone, but this has been forced on her by the abuse against her. Discuss these three characters and how they cope with being alone. Does being alone the same as loneliness? For everyone or just some?

Essay Topic 3

A meeting between the various law enforcement entities shows the different cultures and the differences. Through Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn's eyes, the reader learns of an antagonism or rivalry between his culture, the Navajo, and that of the Zuni. Yet since the crime involves two boys, one who is Navajo and the other who is Zuni, these two cultures must work together. Compare and contrast the Navajo and Zuni cultures as described in Chapter 2.

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