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 Wolf makes a cautious phone call, how does the person answering the phone identify himself?

2. How much additional money does Rosemary Vines offer to pay Chee when he returns the missing box?

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

4. How much money does Rosemary Vines offer to pay Chee as a retainer for his services?

5. What is the name of Sena's brother killed in the explosion?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the Vines' house puzzle Jim Chee?

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

4. How does Vines' attempt to remove Chee from the missing box investigation affect Chee?

5. According to Chee, why do Navajos lack sentimentality about corpses?

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

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

8. According to what Charley tells Chee, what is contained in the missing box?

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

10. What is the malpais?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast B.J. Vines and Gordo Sena.

a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?

b. Compare the role that justice plays in each of their lives. How is each character affected by the concept of justice - both positively and negatively?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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