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. At the time of the explosion, who was the peyote chief?

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

3. As Chee drives into the desert, for whose home is Chee looking?

4. As Chee and Mary leave the auction, who is talking to the person Chee needed to track down?

5. Where does Wolf go when he reaches the university campus?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. 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?

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

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

5. As Chee drives into the desert, he is listening to songs his uncle wants him to memorize. Why does his uncle want Chee to memorize these songs?

6. According to what Chee learns from his predecessor, why did a group of roustabouts not go to work on the day the explosion occurred?

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

8. According to what B.J Vines tells Chee, why does Vines believe the box was stolen?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 2

Identify the main desires of B.J. Vines (a.k.a. Carl Lebeck) - the reasons behind his grand scheme. For each demand, tell Vines' reasoning behind the desire and what Vines hoped to ultimately accomplish or gain through his actions.

Essay Topic 3

The book is entitled People of Darkness. Why did the author choose this title? How does the title foreshadow the events that unfold in the story, the struggles of the main character, and the determination of Jim Chee to set things right?

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