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People of Darkness Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the word "Dinee" mean?



2. When Chee finds the home of the person he is looking for, the person is not there. To whom does Chee speak?



3. What does the second man put into the bed of the truck?



4. To whom does Colton Wolf talk at the hospital to confirm the information he received during the cautious phone call?



5. As Chee takes Mary home, whose truck is still parked in the auction's parking lot?



Short Essay Questions

1. As Chapter 8 opens, for what is Colton Wolf waiting?



2. What happens when Chee tells the person he is visiting that several other men associated with the Charley family all died of cancer?



3. As Wolf slips out of the hospital, what does Wolf suddenly realize?



4. After Chee realizes that the killer is still nearby, where does Chee send Mary?



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



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



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



8. On the way to the roustabout's remote burial site, Chee has trouble believing that one of two suspects could be responsible. Who is the suspect and what is the doubt?



9. What is so unusual about the men who were part of the roustabout crew, as well as the men in the Charley family?



10. When Chee has trouble sleeping and sneaks out of his hospital room, what does he discover when he reaches the area he intended to visit?



Essay Topics

The author uses several different literary techniques as the story is told in regard to the story's flow. Describe the techniques of both flashbacks and foreshadowing. How are each of these techniques used in the story? Give specific examples of each technique. Why might the author have chosen to use both of these techniques in the story? Was the story enhanced by the use of these two techniques? Why or why not?

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?

B.J. Vines wears different masks in the story. Both a respected community member and an incredible liar, Vines is a study in contradictions. Identify, then compare and contrast the different sides/personas of B.J. Vines. How would the entire plot have been affected if Vines had not been successful at deceiving those around him? Why is it necessary for Vines to wear different masks? Explain your reasoning.

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