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

2. In Chapter 9, Leaphorn deduces that a horse is missing. Who has it?

3. In Chapter 8, why does Leaphorn wait before entering the hogan?

4. In Chapter 8, who does Leaphorn consider the last untapped possibility?

5. What is the proper cure for any who have been touched by Shorty's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. Leaphorn believes that George Bowlegs can survive easily enough in the wild until the snow comes. How does Leaphorn expect George to survive?

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

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

4. In Chapter 8, why does Leaphorn decide to return to Shorty Bowlegs' hogan?

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

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

7. Describe Ted Isaacs' appearance.

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

9. 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.

10. What is the boy in Chapter 1 training for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The FBI agent, John O'Malley, acts as if the paralyzing dart is not worth worrying about or filing charges against. What is O'Malley communicating to Leaphorn with his words and actions in Chapter 17? Is he showing prejudice against Leaphorn because he's Navajo or because he's just a local authority? How does O'Malley's attitude affect Leaphorn's decisions of what and how to investigate?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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