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. Who is Janet Pete?

2. Where does Jim Chee decide to visit?

3. What are the dancers doing that Chee is watching?

4. Who accompanies Chee to make the arrest?

5. What does one of McDermott's clients want to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 is Jim Chee's response to Mary's letter?

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

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

7. Describe Henry Highhawk's appearance at the Night Chant ceremony.

8. What ceremony is Jim Chee observing and why is he there?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Talking God, like most novels in the detective genre involves police officers and police work. Discuss the following:

1. What are the characteristics of an effective police officer? Does Leaphorn perform well as a police officer? What about Chee? Kennedy?

2. What additional characteristics does a police detective need versus a policeman on the beat?

3. Discuss the clash between the FBI and the police. Should more cooperation take place between the agencies? Why do you think the FBI is often portrayed in an uncomplimentary light in police/detective novels? How does Hillerman portray the FBI?

Essay Topic 2

Getting the most out of this novel requires some familiarity with the Navajo cultures. 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. Who are the Navajo? What are some of the different clans of Navajo? How do the various clans differ, if they do? What are some of their common beliefs? How do the Navajo live in today's world?

3. How does the Navajo culture inform the plot and actions of this novel? Give examples.

4. Compare and contrast the cultures of two Southwestern Native American tribes.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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