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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 is found near some train tracks in the desert?
2. Whose name is on a piece of paper in Madrid-Perez's luggage?
3. How can an Amtrak train be stopped by a passenger in an emergency?
4. What is Chee scheduled to do beginning Tuesday?
5. What does Highhawk wear on his left leg?
Short Essay Questions
1. What has Henry Highhawk asked the Smithsonian to do?
2. What does Leaphorn find when he searches the luggage of Hilario Madrid- Perez for clues?
3. What does Anges Tsosie tell Joe Leaphorn when he questions her?
4. What is Leroy Fleck's most pressing personal problem?
5. What makes Leaphorn decide to travel to Washington, D. C. for his vacation?
6. What is Catherine Perry's thoughts about Highhawk's request?
7. What shocks Catherine Perry about the box on her desk?
8. What does Janet Pete tell Jim Chee about a man in a Chevy?
9. What does Catherine Perry find on her desk and who does she blame?
10. Describe Henry Highhawk's appearance at the Night Chant ceremony.
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
Discuss the following:
1. Choose two incidences in Talking God and compare/contrast the way the Navajo culture and the western, white culture view those incidents.
2. Write an argument/persuasion essay addressing the idea of assimilation versus a group keeping their own culture when they live within a larger culture.
3. Conduct 2 interviews of Native Americans or persons from a different culture who have moved to the United States and ask them about the idea of assimilation versus merging into the predominent culture of the United States.
Essay Topic 3
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."
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