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. When Chee finds the home of the person he is looking for, the person is not there. To whom does Chee speak?

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

3. According to Mrs. Vines, who stole the missing box?

4. How much time elapsed between the explosion at the oil well and when the first deputy arrived on the scene?

5. According to Rosemary Vines, what do the Navajos in the area think B.J. is?

Short Essay Questions

1. When asked by Chee, why does B.J. Vines claim that Sena dislikes Vines?

2. When Chee finally finds the home of the person he's looking for, Chee is asked to pass on a message. What is the message?

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

4. According to Chee's predecessor, a relationship with the tribal police was destroyed after the oil well explosion. Describe the initial rift that caused the relationship to unravel.

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

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

7. As the reader is first introduced to Jim Chee, why does Jim Chee not have his winter coat with him?

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

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

10. When Colton Wolf receives a letter at the beginning of Chapter 8, what is the subject of the letter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the course of the novel, Hopi and Navajo traditions abound. In fact, these traditions and rituals become a main reason behind the story's plot. Identify at least three different Hopi or Navajo traditions that affected the plot and the lives of the characters involved in the story. For each instance, describe the ritual, the characters involved, and the way Hopi or Navajo traditions affected the story's plot. How might the story have been different if these traditions had not been a part of the plot? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Identify the people interested in the outcome of Chee's investigation, especially once the oil well explosion figures prominently in his questions. Compare and contrast these people in terms of their motivations, ability to plan, ability to manipulate, and success achieved. How are they similar? How are they different? Did any one person end up influencing Chee more than the others? If so, who and why? Support your answer with examples from the story.

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