Talking God Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is Captain Largo?

2. What is odd about the dead body with which Leaphorn is concerned?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. With whom do Chee and Leaphorn meet and what does Chee tell the person?

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

3. What does Chee conclude about the Yeibichai mask and how does he come to that conclusion?

4. Why do Chee and Highhawk agree to meet at the museum?

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

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

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

8. Who does Fleck kill and how does he manage to do so and what happens to Fleck afterward?

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

10. What does the man who was the conductor on the Amtrak train which stopped in the desert in New Mexico tell Joe Leaphorn?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Talking God is successful as a detective novel? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Tony Hillerman series about Joe Leaphorn and the Navajo? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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