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. Where did Madrid-Perez have a meeting scheduled?

2. Who is Henry Highhawk?

3. Who is Eldon Tamana?

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

5. Who does Mrs. Bailey say has called Perry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who picks up Chee at the airport and what does he observe about the men?

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

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

7. What has Henry Highhawk asked the Smithsonian to do?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Talking God. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hillerman chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in Talking God. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hillerman chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Hillerman's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Hillerman use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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. 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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