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 Janet Pete tell Chee?

2. Who does Perry upbraid about the package?

3. What does Chee ponder after reading the letter he receives?

4. What does Leaphorn's contact in Amtrak tell him?

5. Where does Leaphorn go to search Madrid-Perez's luggage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Agnes Tsosie's visit to the doctor.

2. What is a possible break Leaphorn makes in the case as he revisits the scene at dusk?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the letter Chee receives from Mary reveal?

9. Why does Joe Leaphorn believe harmony has been restored in terms of the corpse in the desert?

10. Describe what Joe Leaphorn finds at the crime scene Kennedy asks him to investigate.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Talking God.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Talking God. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Talking God. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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