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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 clan does the Little Fire God belong to?
2. What is Naranjo's hat made of?
3. In Chapter 8, what is being whipped into a frantic thrashing?
4. In Chapter 5, Leaphorn talks to Young Husband, a neighbor to the commune. Where has Young Husband spent 12 months?
5. Who is having a birthday in a few days and turning 13?
Short Essay Questions
1. What had happened the last time that Ted Isaacs had seen Ernesto Cata and George Bowlegs?
2. In Chapter 6, what does Leaphorn learn when he checks in with the Ramah chapter house?
3. 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.
4. What Navajo custom does Leaphorn honor when he arrives at the Bowlegs' hogan?
5. Leaphorn first meets Susanne, one of the inhabitants of the commune in Chapter 6. Describe her.
6. Describe the commune called Jason's Fleece.
7. Describe where Ernesto Cata's body is found.
8. What had George asked of Susanne the last time she saw him?
9. What is distracting Leaphorn at the beginning of Chapter 10?
10. In Chapter 1, why are there some things that the Little Fire God's friend, George Bowlegs, can't know?
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
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 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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