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. Where did one of the men presumed dead in the explosion finally turn up?

2. How does B.J. Vines believe the thief got into the wall safe?

3. What does Vines tell Chee to do with his check if Chee can't accept it?

4. Where does Wolf go when he reaches the university campus?

5. According to what Chee is told by his caller, who does the caller believe is responsible for taking the missing box?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to what B.J Vines tells Chee, why does Vines believe the box was stolen?

2. As the reader is first introduced to Jim Chee, what season is just beginning according to the traditional calendar of Dinee?

3. How did the explosion at the oil well occur?

4. According to what Chee learns from his predecessor, why did a group of roustabouts not go to work on the day the explosion occurred?

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

6. According to what Chee learns while visiting his predecessor, how did the People of Darkness get their name?

7. Even though Chee is curious about why Rosemary has requested his presence at her house, Chee does not ask her any questions. Why not?

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

9. According to what Vines tells Chee, who does B.J. Vines believe is responsible for the oil well explosion and why?

10. Describe the second person who illegally parks the car in the parking lot while the bacteriologist watches from her window.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 that are 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?

Essay Topic 2

Jim Chee and Henry Becenti can be seen as kindred spirits. Although they are not quite the same, they share a number of similarities. Identify and describe these similarities. Then, based on your discussion of their similarities, identify the ways in which these two men's similarities facilitate the plot's development and moves the story forward.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Jim Chee is struggling with the decision whether to remain in the Navajo world or to join the white man's world and accept a position with the FBI. Compare and contrast these two worlds. How are these two worlds regarded by Chee? What do these worlds provide for Chee? How is the story affected by Chee's relationship with each world?

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