Dance Hall of the Dead Test | Final 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. What type of deer had been killed by George's gun?

2. What is the normal population of Zuni village?

3. In Chapter 18, what does Leaphorn believe will hide him from others in his stakeout over the Zuni village?

4. In Chapter 11, where does Leaphorn find Susanne?

5. Who does Leaphorn recognize from the photos that John O'Malley shows him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 15, what disturbs Leaphorn about the dead deer killed by George Bowlegs?

3. What is Ted Isaacs's background?

4. What has Susanne learned about deer from George Bowlegs?

5. According to the Zuni beliefs, what will happen if the Shalako ceremonies aren't performed correctly?

6. What are the Koyemshi, and what is their significance?

7. When Dance Hall of the Dead ends, where is Susanne most likely?

8. Who is in the procession of the Council of the Gods?

9. Describe Father Ingles.

10. Describe Leaphorn's view at the beginning of Chapter 18.

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

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 3

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.

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