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. Who is Jim Chee?

2. About what does Perry believe the Chilean embassy is calling?

3. Who is Janet's firm's expert on the Southwest?

4. From whom does Leaphorn receive a phone call?

5. What does the caller want of Leaphorn?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What ceremony is Jim Chee observing and why is he there?

5. What is Catherine Perry's thoughts about Highhawk's request?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Talking God based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Talking God is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that Talking God is primarily for entertainment changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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