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 are Acoma and Isleta?

2. In Chapter 14, what is hanging on the ranch gate?

3. In Chapter 18, what becomes keystone for Leaphorn?

4. What is Kothluwalawa?

5. When was the last time that Father Ingles spoke with Ernesto Cata?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Leaphorn realizes who the killer is but can't prove it. He gives the information to two people. Whom does he tell and why?

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

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

6. What effects does Leaphorn feel from the hypodermic dart?

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

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

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

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

In Chapter 10, it is revealed that if Ernesto Cata had lived, he would have grown up as a respected and honored member of the Zuni, even a leader. Compare and contrast Ernesto's possible future with George's probable future. Does this explain some of George's "crazy" behavior that several have reported to Leaphorn?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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