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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who answers Sherman's phone?
(a) Joanna.
(b) A cop named Mora.
(c) No one.
(d) The old shaman.

2. Where did a plane crash in 1956?
(a) Over the Black Mountains.
(b) Just outside Las Vegas.
(c) Over the Grand Canyon.
(d) In the Kalahari Desert.

3. Who unsuccessfully goes to see Billy Tuve?
(a) Joe Leaphorn.
(b) Cowboy and Jim.
(c) Hinson.
(d) Plymale.

4. What makes Billy open up to Joanna?
(a) Her buying him lunch.
(b) Her kind eyes.
(c) Her stories about her dreams of her father and his arm.
(d) Her tattoo of a horse rearing.

5. Who is Fred Sherman?
(a) Joanna's brother.
(b) An FBI agent on the diamond case.
(c) Chee's ex-brother-in-law.
(d) An ex-cop Chandler hires.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Sherman to do?

2. As Bernadette Manuelito sweetly remembers things about Jim Chee, what happens?

3. What is possibly foreshadowed at the end of this chapter?

4. Who is Bernadette Manuelito?

5. Who takes Billy to his mother's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think the discussion of Kiva and Native American rites are included in Chapter 8?

2. In a mystery, every sentence offers clues, either about the case or about the characters that are part of the case; what does the reader learn early on about Joe Leaphorn from one sentence?

3. Why do you think Hillerman stereotypes characters such as Chandler and Plymale, making them one-dimensional?

4. How does Joe illustrate his thoughts about events arising from a complex and often invisible series of causes and effects?

5. What story does Shorty tell that is the motivation for the setting moving to the floor of the Grand Canyon?

6. What besides Billy's brain injury could be a reason for his inability to give a date of his Kiva ritual?

7. What allusion to the allegory of Cat story is contained in Chapter 13?

8. The fact that Sherman survives the shooting by Joanna could have several implications; name one of them.

9. What do you think is the main purpose of this short chapter?

10. How does the author introduce the Navajo setting and a little of their philosophy?

(see the answer keys)

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