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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. Who considers the hippies as generous, ignorant, friendly, bad mannered but well intentioned?

2. Whom does Leaphorn leave Cecil with after the death of Shorty Bowlegs?

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

4. In Chapter 10, where does Leaphorn drive to after the meeting?

5. According to Cecil in Chapter 9, George said he was going to look for some kachinas at a place he couldn't pronounce. What letter does the place start with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the Reynolds Theory.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What had happened the last time that Ted Isaacs had seen Ernesto Cata and George Bowlegs?

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

9. Why does Cecil Bowlegs call Leaphorn "uncle"? Are they related?

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the eighth chapter, the reader sees the differences in how Leaphorn and the FBI agent, John O'Malley, approach their jobs and how they work with others. Compare and contrast Leaphorn and O'Malley. Are their differences entirely cultural?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 10, it is revealed that if Ernesto Cata had lived, he would have grown up as a respected and honored member of the Zuni, even a leader. Compare and contrast Ernesto's possible future with George's probable future. Does this explain some of George's "crazy" behavior that several have reported to Leaphorn?

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