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. According to Susanne in Chapter 6, what had George asked her about the day before?

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

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

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

5. What is taboo in the eight days leading to Shalako?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the landscape in Chapter 1.

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The first chapter of Dance Hall of the Dead not only shows the crime that the entire book centers on but it also provides scene and setting information important to the entire book. It sets the tone of the book. Discuss the details of the setting offered in Chapter 1 and how it introduces place, mood, and culture.

Essay Topic 3

The FBI agent, John O'Malley, acts as if the paralyzing dart is not worth worrying about or filing charges against. What is O'Malley communicating to Leaphorn with his words and actions in Chapter 17? Is he showing prejudice against Leaphorn because he's Navajo or because he's just a local authority? How does O'Malley's attitude affect Leaphorn's decisions of what and how to investigate?

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