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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 Mary Langdon?

2. Who is John McDermott?

3. What does Leaphorn do at dusk?

4. What has Highhawk been attempting to do?

5. Why does Leaphorn decide to go to Washington, D. C.?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Janet Pete tell Jim Chee when she calls him at his office?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What shocks Catherine Perry about the box on her desk?

Essay Topics

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

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 3

Talking God, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy (or at least optimistic) note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Silent Prey and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Talking God is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Discuss one idea in Talking God that might influence your thinking.

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