Dance Hall of the Dead Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Ernesto Cata is one of the missing boys. What other name or role does the reader know Cata by?

2. When does Dance Hall of the Dead begin?

3. In Chapter 5, approximately how many sheep does Leaphorn see at the commune?

4. At the end of Chapter 1, what does the Little Fire God see?

5. In Chapter 8, what does Leaphorn find hanging from the hogan blanket rope?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cecil Bowlegs call Leaphorn "uncle"? Are they related?

2. Describe the commune called Jason's Fleece.

3. Leaphorn first meets Susanne, one of the inhabitants of the commune in Chapter 6. Describe her.

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

5. Describe the landscape in Chapter 1.

6. Explain the Reynolds Theory.

7. How are the living conditions for the Zuni different from that of the Navajo?

8. Describe Ted Isaacs' appearance.

9. In Chapter 6, what does Leaphorn learn when he checks in with the Ramah chapter house?

10. The reader learns about a member of Leaphorn's family in Chapter 7. Summarize who it is and why this person is important to Leaphorn.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 13, Zuni spirituality is explored more fully as Father Ingles explains it to Leaphorn. Apparently, comparing the different religions was a discussion that Father Ingles shared with George as well. Compare and contrast the Zuni religion with Catholicism.

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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