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 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

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast B.J. Vines and Gordo Sena.

a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?

b. Compare the role that justice plays in each of their lives. How is each character affected by the concept of justice - both positively and negatively?

Essay Topic 2

One of the main themes is this novel involves honor.

a. Identify three characters that are honorable in their actions. For each character, describe an instance in which the character acted honorably.

b. Why do these characters try to be honorable?

c. What is the outcome for these characters? Were they successful in their endeavors or would they have been more successful if they had not taken the honorable route? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the course of the novel, Hopi and Navajo traditions abound. In fact, these traditions and rituals become a main reason behind the story's plot. Identify at least three different Hopi or Navajo traditions that affected the plot and the lives of the characters involved in the story. For each instance, describe the ritual, the characters involved, and the way Hopi or Navajo traditions affected the story's plot. How might the story have been different if these traditions had not been a part of the plot? Explain your reasoning.

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