Talking God Test | Mid-Book 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 the doctor suggest to Anges Tsosie?

2. Who wants to become a member of the Navajo tribe?

3. What is in the letter that Chee opens in chapter 7?

4. Who is Janet's firm's expert on the Southwest?

5. Who picks Jim Chee up at the airport?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Janet say about one of McDermott's clients who is a real estate developer?

2. Where is Jim Chee planning to go on his vacation?

3. What is Jim Chee's response to Mary's letter?

4. What does Leaphorn find when he searches the luggage of Hilario Madrid- Perez for clues?

5. Who has called Catherine Perry and what does she think he wants?

6. What frustrates Leaphorn about the dead body in the desert, and also what about the corpse puzzles Leaphorn.

7. For whom does Janet Chee work and what is her relationship to her immediate supervisor?

8. Who does Leaphorn wish he could talk over the case with and why can't he?

9. What is Catherine Perry's thoughts about Highhawk's request?

10. What is Leroy Fleck's most pressing personal problem?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout the novel. 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. Trace the development of the theme of stolen artifacts. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how the idea of stolen artifacts informs the entire novel.

2. Trace the development of the theme of greed. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how greed seems to be more a part of the predominant culture of the United States versus that of the Navajo Indians.

3. Trace the development of the theme of violence. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is central to the novel's plot.

Essay Topic 2

Most mystery novels have an element of fear and suspense. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of fear in Talking God. Use specific examples to support your ideas. In what ways is fear felt? Who feels fearful? Why?

2. Why do you think many people enjoy getting scared? For example--in spook houses at Halloween or by reading mystery/suspense novels that contain an element of fear?

3. Is anything a character is afraid of within his/her control to change? What? Why do you think the character has not addressed those issues?

4. Discuss whether or not you enjoy the experience of being scared when you know it is not "real."

Essay Topic 3

In chapter 4, Officer Chee is watching dancers prepare for the Yeibichai or Night Chant ceremony. Discuss the following

1. Research some Navajo rites or initiation ceremonies and describe them and give your thoughts about them.

2. What do you think is the purpose of ceremonies for the common events in human life (such as birth, death, marriage, etc.)?

3. Has Native American culture influenced some aspect of the predominant culture of the United States? How? Give examples and discuss fully.

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