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, who does Wolf learn has died?

2. How much is the check that Chee is given for his trouble regarding the box?

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

4. According to what Chee is told by his caller, who does the caller believe is responsible for taking the missing box?

5. What is the name of Dillon Charley's son?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hillerman uses this story to examine the role that truth plays in our daily lives. Examine the author's beliefs through his storytelling. Why would the author choose this story to overlay his demonstration of the consequences realized when the truth is distorted or hidden? What did you learn from the author's discussion on truth? What other avenues, if any, could the author have used to express his beliefs? Would those avenues have been as effective as the story? Why or why not?

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