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 is the time of day when the tow truck arrives to remove the illegally parked truck?

2. According to Rosemary Vines, what do the Navajos in the area think B.J. is?

3. How does B.J Vines characterize the oil well explosion?

4. Whose brother was killed in the explosion at the oil well?

5. According to the rumor Chee heard, who had designed the Vines' home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As the reader is first introduced to Jim Chee, why does Jim Chee not have his winter coat with him?

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. Why does the Vines' house puzzle Jim Chee?

5. Why is Tsoodzil important to the Navajos?

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

7. After Rosemary questions Chee on how well he knows Navajo "religion," what does Rosemary ask if Chee knows anything about?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast how the character of Mary Landon changes as the story progresses. Be sure to include your assessment of Mary's character when she first meets Jim Chee at the auction, when she accompanies Chee to the malpais, when she appears in Chee's hospital room offering to help him, and when the story ends. 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

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?

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