People of Darkness Test | Final 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 do Mary and Chee plan to do after retrieving the missing box from the malpais?

2. What is the name of the geologist originally thought to have been killed in the oil well explosion?

3. According to the newspaper articles Chee and Mary read at the library, how many people were originally believed to have died in the explosion?

4. When Chee wakes up in his hospital room, what program is showing, albeit without the sound, on the television in Chee's hospital room?

5. When Wolf calls Chee's station from the road, whom does Wolf pretend to be?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As Chee and Mary leave the roundabout's sister, why does Mary ask Chee to explain what the sister had said?

3. According to the discussion Mary and Chee have after leaving the roustabout's sister, why does Chee initially believe that Emerson Charley's body disappeared?

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

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

6. 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?

7. After reviewing the articles regarding the explosion at the library, what does Chee decide his next step should be?

8. When Chee has trouble sleeping and sneaks out of his hospital room, why does he visit the area he goes to?

9. What is the goal of the Navajo Way?

10. Why does Chee not simply leave his room when he sees that Wolf is in the hospital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jim Chee and Henry Becenti can be seen as kindred spirits. Although they are not quite the same, they share a number of similarities. Identify and describe these similarities. Then, based on your discussion of their similarities, identify the ways in which these two men's similarities facilitate the plot's development and moves the story forward.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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