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. What does Kennedy find on the body of the death he is investigating?

2. Who is Janet Pete?

3. Who does Perry upbraid about the package?

4. Who wants to become a member of the Navajo tribe?

5. What may enable Highhawk to steal from the Smithsonian?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of death. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with death? Why? What are some symbols of death? How much does this theme contribute to the plot of the story?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of mental/emotional illness. Which characters struggle with some sort of emotional illness? Why? Which characters seem really healthy emotionally/mentally? Why? Can the characters who seem mentally ill change? Why or why not?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of camaraderie within the ranks of cops. Why is this camaraderie important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon the camaraderie or feeling of belonging? Who? Why? What are the positive and negative sides to cops having such a closed fraternity? What other organizations maintain a close adhesion? Do they do so for the same reasons as cops do?

Essay Topic 3

In chapter 4, Officer Chee is watching dancers prepare for the Yeibichai or Night Chant ceremony. Discuss the following

1. Research some Navajo rites or initiation ceremonies and describe them and give your thoughts about them.

2. What do you think is the purpose of ceremonies for the common events in human life (such as birth, death, marriage, etc.)?

3. Has Native American culture influenced some aspect of the predominant culture of the United States? How? Give examples and discuss fully.

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