People of Darkness Test | Mid-Book 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 does Chee learn when he finally finds the person he is looking for?

2. As Chapter 8 opens, in what state is Colton Wolf?

3. At this point in his investigation, who does Chee believe is responsible for taking the missing box?

4. What does the second man put into the bed of the truck?

5. When Chee goes to his office after visiting his predecessor, who has been trying to contact Chee?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Albuquerque police officer tell Chee to be careful as the cop is leaving Chee's hospital room?

2. As Wolf kills the person who approaches him as he reaches Chee's floor, why does the murder not cause any alarm on the floor?

3. What is the goal of the Navajo Way?

4. Describe the person who illegally parks the truck in the parking lot while the bacteriologist watches from her window.

5. After leaving the object for the killer to find, why does Chee go to his truck?

6. As Chee and Mary drive to the roustabout's remote burial site, Chee has two possible suspects in mind for the explosion. Name them.

7. After Chee realizes that the killer is still nearby, where does Chee send Mary?

8. What does Chee hope to accomplish by setting off the bomb in the canyon?

9. As Chapter 8 opens, for what is Colton Wolf waiting?

10. Why had the peyote church been outlawed by the Tribal Council?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

B.J. Vines seems to be a man who is supremely confident in his ability to come out on top. Identify at least three instances from the story that highlight his confidence. How is Vines helped by his utter confidence? How is Vines hurt by his confidence? Provide examples of each.

Essay Topic 2

One of the main themes is this novel involves honor.

a. Identify three characters that are honorable in their actions. For each character, describe an instance in which the character acted honorably.

b. Why do these characters try to be honorable?

c. What is the outcome for these characters? Were they successful in their endeavors or would they have been more successful if they had not taken the honorable route? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

In many ways, the novel is a series of contrasts designed to heighten the reader's awareness and draw the reader deeper into the story and the intricacies of each of the story's characters. Identify at least three contrasts used in the novel. Describe these contrasts and determine how they affect the story's plot as well as the reader's emotional involvement in the characters' lives. If these identified contrasts were not included in the story, what effect would their absence have on the storyline, the characters' development, and the readers' involvement?

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