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. Who believes that something was hunting George Bowlegs?

2. Isaacs shows Leaphorn a rectangular pink stone from the butt-end of a lance point. What is it made of?

3. What is Halona Itawana?

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

5. In Chapter 3, who says that George ran away from the kachina?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the vehicle that Leaphorn travels in.

2. What Navajo custom does Leaphorn honor when he arrives at the Bowlegs' hogan?

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

4. Why does Frank Bob Madman abandon his hogan?

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

6. Who are the people who are hunting in Chapter 15, and what are they hunting?

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

8. Describe the landscape in Chapter 1.

9. Leaphorn talks to young Navajo neighbors of the commune about its inhabitants. What information do they give Leaphorn?

10. According to the Zuni beliefs, what will happen if the Shalako ceremonies aren't performed correctly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Leaphorn tries to get Ted Isaacs to assume care of Suzanne, since both he and she profess to care for each other. Yet Isaacs doesn't want to jeopardize his chance at prestige and a good job. Isaacs rejects Susanne's safety for his own security. Does this make Ted Isaacs a bad man? Why do you think he makes this decision?

Essay Topic 2

In the eighth chapter, the reader sees the differences in how Leaphorn and the FBI agent, John O'Malley, approach their jobs and how they work with others. Compare and contrast Leaphorn and O'Malley. Are their differences entirely cultural?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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