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. Why is Fleck's mother being kicked out of the nursing home?

2. Who does Perry upbraid about the package?

3. What does the doctor think Agnes Tsosie is going to need?

4. What shocks Perry when she opens the package on her desk?

5. What does Kennedy tell Leaphorn at lunch?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is so mysterious about the body in the desert?

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

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

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

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

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

8. For whom does Janet Chee work and what is her relationship to her immediate supervisor?

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

10. What does Janet Pete tell Jim Chee about a man in a Chevy?

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

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 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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