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 do the Mudhead wear during the dance of Shalako?

2. What order is Father Ingles with?

3. What feathers does Leaphorn think he saw on the kachina mask?

4. What are Shulawitsi and Salamobia?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is Ted Isaacs's background?

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Although angry at Isaacs for choosing his job over Susanne, Leaphorn tells him all the facts and allows Isaacs to decide what to do with those facts. What do you think Isaacs will choose to do? Will he be honest about the dig site with authorities or will he take credit for his findings? Give reasons for your answers based on Isaacs's behavior and words throughout the book.

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 4 manages to raise a larger societal issue as Leaphorn recalls a plaque he once saw in a Native American school that read, "Tradition is the Enemy of Progress." Leaphorn recognizes that the Zunis have been better able to cling to their traditional ways than the Navajo. It is the loss of some of the old ways of the Navajo that have sent George in search of something in Zuni religion. Because of the teachings of his grandfather in the old ways, Leaphorn expresses sadness that other Navajo don't have this in their lives. Discuss how traditional ways guide Leaphorn in his daily life and in his role as a police officer.

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