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 Highhawk wear on his left leg?

2. Who is Catherine Morris Perry?

3. What is the condition for Fleck receiving his money owed him?

4. What has Highhawk been attempting to do?

5. Over what does Leaphorn puzzle?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What frustrates Leaphorn about the dead body in the desert, and also what about the corpse puzzles Leaphorn.

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

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

9. How do the members of the tribal council feel about the proposed bypass? How does Tamana think he can get elected to the council?

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

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. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Joe Leaphorn, using only his mind, "out detects" the FBI, with its large budget and state-of-the-art equipment.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Talking God.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in Talking God.

Essay Topic 3

Talking God belongs to the detective/crime/mystery genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the detective/crime/mystery genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a suspense novel and a murder mystery?

4. Many in the world of academe do not see mystery as a serious genre, that its primary purpose is entertainment and not "worthy" of being studied by serious students of literature? Respond to that idea.

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