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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 8, what does Leaphorn find hanging from the hogan blanket rope?

2. What was the secret name given to Nashibitti at the Night Way Ceremonial?

3. What mark is found on both Leaphorn's carryall and his shirt?

4. When was the last time Isaacs saw George Bowlegs and Ernesto Cata?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What had George asked of Susanne the last time she saw him?

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

5. Why does Frank Bob Madman abandon his hogan?

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

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

8. How do the four original men working this case react to Agents O'Malley and Baker?

9. Describe John O'Malley.

10. Describe the boy called the Little Fire God in Chapter 1.

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

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 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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