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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 6, who is wearing good, but dirty boots?

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

3. Who lives in the old hogans behind Hoski Butte?

4. In Chapter 4, what is described as the trademark of the Folsom culture?

5. In Chapter 10, why is O'Malley angry with Leaphorn?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What has George taken from his hogan besides the clothing and the horse, according to his brother?

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

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

8. What is distracting Leaphorn at the beginning of Chapter 10?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

When Leaphorn is hit with the dart, he is able to realize that he must find a place to wait out the effects of the tranquilizer. The reader stays in Leaphorn's head as he hears the killer approach but is powerless to stop it. Although Leaphorn is also faced with hallucinations, he is still able to put more pieces of the puzzle together. What does this chapter tell you about Leaphorn's personality? If you were to meet him outside of his role as a police officer, what kind of man do you think he would be?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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