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. As Chapter 8 opens, what is Colton Wolf doing?

2. What is the name of the local sheriff?

3. What is Jim Chee studying to become?

4. Whose tombstone stands just off from the Vines' garage?

5. On what campus is the bacteriologist's lab located?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As Chapter 8 opens, why is Colton Wolf working on his guns?

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

4. Why is Tsoodzil important to the Navajos?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are several characters introduced in the story who do not survive the end of the story. Identify at least three people killed as the novel progresses. Compare and contrast each of these deaths, being sure to indicate which character died, how the character died, who was responsible for the character's death, and what effect on the overall plot the character's death had. What could have - or should have - been learned from each of these deaths by the other characters?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast how the character of Jim Chee changes as the story progresses. Be sure to include your assessment of Chee's character when he is first introduced in the story, when Chee is summoned by B.J. Vines, when Chee figures out why the roustabouts are dying, and when Chee sits with the killer as the killer is dying. Use examples from the story to support your answer.

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