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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. Who is Henry Highhawk?

2. Who is Hilario Madreid-Pena?

3. Why was an Amtrak train stopped for 38 minutes on the night of the murder that Leaphorn is investigating?

4. How long has it been since Leaphorn performed regular exercise?

5. What is on Perry's desk when she arrives at her office after returning to Washington, D. C.?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Janet Pete tell Jim Chee about a man in a Chevy?

2. How do the members of the tribal council feel about the proposed bypass? How does Tamana think he can get elected to the council?

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

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

5. What does Catherine Perry find on her desk and who does she blame?

6. What is one source of cash for Fleck to help his mother and who does he contact about it?

7. What does Anges Tsosie tell Joe Leaphorn when he questions her?

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

9. Why hasn't The Client paid Fleck the rest of the money owed Fleck?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Talking God, like most detective novels, involves the act of murder. Discuss the following:

1. What is murder? Is the act of murder always clearly murder?

2. Do you think the death of Leroy Fleck, who is a known murderer, is at all tragic? Why or why not.

3. Is murder ever justified? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Talking God belongs to the detective/crime/mystery genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the detective/crime/mystery genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a suspense novel and a murder mystery?

4. Many in the world of academe do not see mystery as a serious genre, that its primary purpose is entertainment and not "worthy" of being studied by serious students of literature? Respond to that idea.

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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