Skeleton Man 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 does Bernie say that allays the old woman's fears?

2. Where does Chee manage to get Cowboy Dashee?

3. What is Chandler planning as he spots Joanna?

4. Where do Bernie and Joanna find refuge from the flood?

5. What does Bernie realize after seeing the gun?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Joanna avoids the violent death that may be awaiting Chandler at the hand of the water?

2. What seems surprising in this story at this point in the book?

3. What could be a more sinister reason for Chandler giving Joanne back the arm bone of her father?

4. How does Chandler unconsciously give away his intentions in the scene where he and Joanna discover the snuff cans?

5. Do you see any difference between Chandler and Joanna at this point; after all, she agrees to a "partnership" with him?

6. In Chapter 21, why do you think Chee is alarmed that none of the tracks comes back out of the canyon?

7. How does Hillerman emphasize his attitude towards the "white man"?

8. In Chapter 18, the Arizona death penalty is again mentioned as a reason to make a murder look accidental; does this seem like something a criminal would really be thinking?

9. Do you think the scene of Bernie finding the diamonds and arm is anti-climatic and why?

10. What does Hillerman use Bernie for and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 3, Joanna Craig is introduced and a little about her is narrated. It becomes apparent that one of the driving motivations for her actions in the story is revenge. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. How would you define revenge? How often do you think people are motivated by the desire for revenge? What do you think is the effect of holding such a desire for a long time without fulfillment?

2. Explain why Joanna wants revenge and on whom. Do you think she is justified in seeking revenge? Is the taking of revenge ever justified?

3. How does Joanna plan to take her revenge on Plymale? Does it seem like a reasonable plan? What could go wrong? Do you think Joanna will be happier if she gets her revenge?

Essay Topic 2

Getting the most out of this novel requires some familiarity with the Hopi and Navajo cultures. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Who are the Hopi? What are some of their beliefs? How do the Hopi live in today's world?

2. Who are the Navajo? What are some of their beliefs? How do the Navajo live in today's world?

3. How do the Navajo and Hopi cultures inform the plot and actions of this novel? Give examples.

4. Compare and contrast the cultures of the Navajo and Hopi.

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 13 gives the readers an astonishing view of Joanna Craig when she shoots Sherman in cold blood. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Does Joanna's action of shooting Sherman come as a surprise? Why or why not? Do you think the action is justified? Do you think she can be held legally responsible?

2. What would you have done in Joanna's place? The same thing? Something different? Do you think Joanna intended to kill Sherman?

3. Sherman recovers from his gunshot wound and is unwilling to say who shoots him. Why do you think he does this? Is it merely chauvinism as Joe suggests? Since Sherman refuses to point the finger at Joanne, she gets off scot free. Is this fair? Are you glad or outraged? Explain.

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