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. What does Chee learn when he finally finds the person he is looking for?

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

3. As the story opens, how long does Chee have before deciding whether to accept his appointment to the FBI?

4. What does the word "Dinee" mean?

5. What award did B.J. Vines win for hunting?

Short Essay Questions

1. When he reaches the university campus, why is Wolf dressed as though he works for a mortuary?

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

3. 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?

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

5. Why is Tsoodzil important to the Navajos?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Wolf's employer send Wolf to the university campus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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