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. Why does Chee always watch the face of the people he is questioning?

2. What does Chee learn when he returns the call after leaving Huff's office?

3. What does Wolf hate because it makes him feel exposed and vulnerable?

4. What do Chee and Mary discuss on the way to visit the sister of one of the roustabouts?

5. Literally, what does "malpais" mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the sheriff questions Chee in Chee's hospital room, what does the sheriff ask Chee to do?

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

3. After discovering the dead body on the way to where the missing box is supposed to be, how does Chee realize that the killer is still nearby?

4. What is the goal of the Navajo Way?

5. After Chee and Mary discover the dead body, why does Chee yell at Mary to run?

6. Describe the purpose of an Enemy Way.

7. What does Chee learn from the Albuquerque police officer about the killer when the cop comes to Chee's hospital room?

8. Why does the Albuquerque police officer tell Chee to be careful as the cop is leaving Chee's hospital room?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characteristics, roles, loyalties, and agendas of the following people in the story: Jim Chee, Henry Becenti, Gordo Sena, and B.J. Vines.

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