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. In Chapter 6, where is Leaphorn planning to sleep?

2. Leaphorn estimates that Short Bowlegs was killed when?

3. When Chapter 2 opens, what is Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn doing?

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

5. What is Naranjo's hat made of?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Leaphorn find when he enters the Bowlegs' hogan?

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

4. What does Leaphorn learn from Shorty Bowlegs in Chapter 3?

5. Describe the landscape in Chapter 1.

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

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

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

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

10. Explain the Bow Society as mentioned in Dance Hall of the Dead?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 5, the reader learns that the commune is named Jason's Fleece after the myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece. The Navajo have their own myths, such as that of Monster Slayer and Born of Water. Compare and contrast the myths of the different cultures in Dance Hall of the Dead and their symbolism.

Essay Topic 2

After the death of Shorty Bowlegs, Leaphorn assumes responsibility for Cecil Bowlegs. Discuss the Navajo concept of family and children.

Essay Topic 3

The first chapter of Dance Hall of the Dead not only shows the crime that the entire book centers on but it also provides scene and setting information important to the entire book. It sets the tone of the book. Discuss the details of the setting offered in Chapter 1 and how it introduces place, mood, and culture.

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