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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. Who disagrees with Highhawk's work?
2. What does one of McDermott's clients want to do?
3. Why is Fleck's mother being kicked out of the nursing home?
4. Why does Leaphorn decide to go to Washington, D. C.?
5. About what does Perry believe the Chilean embassy is calling?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the members of the tribal council feel about the proposed bypass? How does Tamana think he can get elected to the council?
2. What does Catherine Perry find on her desk and who does she blame?
3. Describe Henry Highhawk's appearance at the Night Chant ceremony.
4. Describe Agnes Tsosie's visit to the doctor.
5. What does Janet Pete tell Jim Chee about a man in a Chevy?
6. Who has called Catherine Perry and what does she think he wants?
7. Why hasn't The Client paid Fleck the rest of the money owed Fleck?
8. What is so mysterious about the body in the desert?
9. About what does Jay Kennedy call Joe Leaphorn?
10. What is a possible break Leaphorn makes in the case as he revisits the scene at dusk?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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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