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. About what does Perry believe the Chilean embassy is calling?

2. What is Chee scheduled to do beginning Tuesday?

3. Why is Joe Leaphorn frustrated?

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

5. For how long has Leaphorn's wife been dead?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who has called Catherine Perry and what does she think he wants?

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

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

7. About what does Jay Kennedy call Joe Leaphorn?

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

9. What makes Leaphorn decide to travel to Washington, D. C. for his vacation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Talking God is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Janet Pete and John McDermott. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character? Do both seem to fit the image you have of what a lawyer is like? Why or why not.

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Talking God help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Talking God, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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