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. In Chapter 18, what becomes keystone for Leaphorn?

2. What do the Mudhead wear during the dance of Shalako?

3. As Chapter 15 ends, Leaphorn is only able to take how many steps?

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

5. What are Acoma and Isleta?

Short Essay Questions

1. What law-enforcement agencies are interested in the crimes at Zuni and why?

2. Although George Bowlegs is mentioned often in the book, the reader doesn't see him until Chapter 19 when he appears in front of Leaphorn.

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

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

5. Describe Father Ingles.

6. Father Ingles is impressed with George Bowlegs. Why?

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

8. John O'Malley is watching for seven people he believes are involved in the narcotics operation. Who does Leaphorn recognize from the seven photographs?

9. What relationship do Ted Isaacs and Susanne share and what does Leaphorn think about it?

10. In Chapter 16, Leaphorn is shot with a hypodermic dart. How was this done?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Leaphorn is hit with the dart, he is able to realize that he must find a place to wait out the effects of the tranquilizer. The reader stays in Leaphorn's head as he hears the killer approach but is powerless to stop it. Although Leaphorn is also faced with hallucinations, he is still able to put more pieces of the puzzle together. What does this chapter tell you about Leaphorn's personality? If you were to meet him outside of his role as a police officer, what kind of man do you think he would be?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

A meeting between the various law enforcement entities shows the different cultures and the differences. Through Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn's eyes, the reader learns of an antagonism or rivalry between his culture, the Navajo, and that of the Zuni. Yet since the crime involves two boys, one who is Navajo and the other who is Zuni, these two cultures must work together. Compare and contrast the Navajo and Zuni cultures as described in Chapter 2.

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