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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 is Bernadette Manuelito?
(a) Graduated from the Tribal Police Academy, worked for Joe Leaphorn whom she expects to marry soon, and did a short stint with the U.S. Border Patrol.
(b) Was the dispatcher for the Tribal Police Academy and played on their police softball team.
(c) Worked for Joe Leaphorn for almost 25 years.
(d) Graduated from the Tribal Police Academy, worked for Jim Chee whom she expects to marry soon, and did a short stint with the U.S. Border Patrol.

2. What is the systems theory?
(a) Systems are universal principles that are true in any galaxy.
(b) All events and things in the universe are ultimately connected.
(c) It takes several systems to solve a complex case.
(d) A system is the unique way each criminal operates.

3. Why is the FBI concerned with the diamond?
(a) It was stolen from J. Edgar Hoover many years ago.
(b) There may be something political behind it related to the settlement of an estate.
(c) They think it is related to a kidnapping of a child.
(d) They want in on the money from the sale of the diamond.

4. Who is Hal Simmons?
(a) An FBI agent.
(b) An attorney for Billy Tuve.
(c) Joanna Craig's attorney.
(d) Joe Leaphorn's contact in Santa Fe.

5. What is the Kachina Masaw?
(a) A doll that has healing powers.
(b) A dance the Hopi do for rain.
(c) The Skeleton Man.
(d) The name of a Hopi drum group.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Reno tell Shorty about an old man from whom he got a horse?

2. How much does Billy Tuve want for the item?

3. For what is Joanna Craig searching?

4. Who answers Sherman's phone?

5. What does Joanna do when she observes Billy get in a car with someone and leave?

Short Essay Questions

1. What about the difference between white and Native American culture does Hillerman seem to be again emphasizing. Why do you as a reader respond to this obvious stereotyping?

2. What event is the starting point for what becomes known as the Skeleton Man case?

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

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

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

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. At this point in the story, do you believe it when Joanna says that she seeks only her father's arm to end his pain in the afterlife and is not interested in the diamonds?

9. How are Chandler and Plymale archetypes of the type of white man that imposed their way upon Native Americans?

10. At the beginning of Chapter 1, what is there that would clue the reader in on the possibility that this book will be based upon a flashback to an earlier date?

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