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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. How long has it been since Leaphorn performed regular exercise?
2. Why does Leaphorn decide to go to Washington, D. C.?
3. What does Chee call a white man at the ceremony?
4. Where did Madrid-Perez have a meeting scheduled?
5. Where does Anges Tsosie's son-in-law place her bed?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Joe Leaphorn believe harmony has been restored in terms of the corpse in the desert?
2. What is Catherine Perry's thoughts about Highhawk's request?
3. Describe Agnes Tsosie's visit to the doctor.
4. What is a possible break Leaphorn makes in the case as he revisits the scene at dusk?
5. What frustrates Leaphorn about the dead body in the desert, and also what about the corpse puzzles Leaphorn.
6. Describe what Joe Leaphorn finds at the crime scene Kennedy asks him to investigate.
7. Who has called Catherine Perry and what does she think he wants?
8. About what does Jay Kennedy call Joe Leaphorn?
9. What is Leroy Fleck's most pressing personal problem?
10. Where is Jim Chee planning to go on his vacation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:
1. Fully explain why you think Talking God is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?
2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.
3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.
4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?
Essay Topic 2
Choose one of the following to discuss:
1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Talking God. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hillerman chooses the symbols he does?
2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in Talking God. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hillerman chooses the metaphors he does?
3. Discuss Hillerman's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Hillerman use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of death. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with death? Why? What are some symbols of death? How much does this theme contribute to the plot of the story?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of mental/emotional illness. Which characters struggle with some sort of emotional illness? Why? Which characters seem really healthy emotionally/mentally? Why? Can the characters who seem mentally ill change? Why or why not?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of camaraderie within the ranks of cops. Why is this camaraderie important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon the camaraderie or feeling of belonging? Who? Why? What are the positive and negative sides to cops having such a closed fraternity? What other organizations maintain a close adhesion? Do they do so for the same reasons as cops do?
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