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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 2, Leaphorn is given an assignment. What is it?

2. Who refers to Leaphorn as Navajo fuzz?

3. In Chapter 5, what face turns to scarred white ice?

4. What does Leaphorn find in the Bowleg's stables?

5. What clan does the Little Fire God belong to?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe where Ernesto Cata's body is found.

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

9. What kinds of tracks are found at the last place where Ernesto Cata is supposed to be?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Leaphorn is disturbed by the scene at the commune in Chapter 6. Instead of hippies and love and peace, he finds a leader wearing expensive boots who intimidates the teen girl who lives there. Although Susanne obviously cares for George and Ernesto, Halsey is obvious in his disdain of the boys and of the law or "fuzz." Leaphorn also finds another young man on a bad "trip" at the commune. How do these events foreshadow what Leaphorn learns at the end of the chapter?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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