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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 does Leaphorn bring out of the hogan that belongs to George?

2. In Chapter 4, who is Ted Isaac's only companion for two days?

3. What did Susanne make George take from her the last time she saw him?

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

5. In Chapter 2, Leaphorn is given an assignment. What is it?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the landscape in Chapter 1.

3. What is the boy in Chapter 1 training for?

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

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

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

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

8. Explain the Reynolds Theory.

9. Leaphorn first meets Susanne, one of the inhabitants of the commune in Chapter 6. Describe her.

10. Describe John O'Malley.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 11 hints at Susanne's background. How does the author let the reader know about Susanne's troubled home without a specific statement to that fact? How has this made her a victim within the commune? What characters seems to actually care about Susanne?

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

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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