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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 the word "Dinee" mean?

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

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

4. To whom does Colton Wolf talk at the hospital to confirm the information he received during the cautious phone call?

5. As Chee takes Mary home, whose truck is still parked in the auction's parking lot?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Chee tells the person he is visiting that several other men associated with the Charley family all died of cancer?

3. As Wolf slips out of the hospital, what does Wolf suddenly realize?

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

5. Why were the employees of the oil company going to "shoot" the oil well?

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

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

8. On the way to the roustabout's remote burial site, Chee has trouble believing that one of two suspects could be responsible. Who is the suspect and what is the doubt?

9. What is so unusual about the men who were part of the roustabout crew, as well as the men in the Charley family?

10. When Chee has trouble sleeping and sneaks out of his hospital room, what does he discover when he reaches the area he intended to visit?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There is no doubt that Gordo Sena is greatly affected by the events the death of his brother. Discuss how his brother's death and the events thereafter affect not only Sena's worldview but also his determination to find exact vengeance on his brother's killer. How do Gordo Sena's experiences affect his mental state, his ability to serve as sheriff his community, and his willingness to help Chee?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses several different literary techniques as the story is told in regard to the story's flow. Describe the techniques of both flashbacks and foreshadowing. How are each of these techniques used in the story? Give specific examples of each technique. Why might the author have chosen to use both of these techniques in the story? Was the story enhanced by the use of these two techniques? Why or why not?

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 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?

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