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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. What is Jason's Fleece, as used in <i>Dance Hall of the Dead</i>?

2. In Chapter 7, how many sets of tracks does Leaphorn find?

3. In Chapter 5, approximately how many sheep does Leaphorn see at the commune?

4. In Chapter 8, Leaphorn hears the sound of a bell. What does it come from?

5. In Chapter 6, who is wearing good, but dirty boots?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who are the people who are hunting in Chapter 15, and what are they hunting?

4. Leaphorn tells Susanne about Sa. Who or what is Sa?

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

6. What does George's note to his brother say?

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

8. In Chapter 7, Leaphorn spends several hours at the site where the bicycle was found. What is he doing for all that time and why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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 13, Zuni spirituality is explored more fully as Father Ingles explains it to Leaphorn. Apparently, comparing the different religions was a discussion that Father Ingles shared with George as well. Compare and contrast the Zuni religion with Catholicism.

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