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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, Leaphorn hears the sound of a bell. What does it come from?

2. Who wrote "Paleo-Indian Cultures in North America"?

3. Who is having a birthday in a few days and turning 13?

4. In Chapter 8, who does Leaphorn consider the last untapped possibility?

5. In Chapter 10, the death of someone by a heroin overdose is mentioned. Who died?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. What is the job given to Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn in Chapter 2 and why?

5. Leaphorn talks to young Navajo neighbors of the commune about its inhabitants. What information do they give Leaphorn?

6. Describe Ted Isaacs' appearance.

7. Why does Frank Bob Madman abandon his hogan?

8. In Chapter 6, what does Leaphorn learn when he checks in with the Ramah chapter house?

9. Leaphorn decides to take his rifle with him into the Bowlegs' hogan in Chapter 8. Why does he do this?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

Leaphorn tries to get Ted Isaacs to assume care of Suzanne, since both he and she profess to care for each other. Yet Isaacs doesn't want to jeopardize his chance at prestige and a good job. Isaacs rejects Susanne's safety for his own security. Does this make Ted Isaacs a bad man? Why do you think he makes this decision?

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