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. In Chapter 7, what type of bird is startled from the junipers?

3. By the end of Chapter 8, who arrives at the hogan?

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

5. Where did Leaphorn attend college?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the vehicle that Leaphorn travels in.

6. Describe Agent Baker and why his appearance doesn't match that of an FBI agent.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 7, the reader learns more about the teachings Leaphorn learned from his grandfather. Discuss how these teachings help Leaphorn as a detective. Compare Leaphorn's detecting methods to those of white culture.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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