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. How long has it been since Leaphorn performed regular exercise?

2. What does the pathologist say about the cause of death of the body?

3. What does the note in the box reveal?

4. What does Leaphorn find when he goes out on the job for Kennedy?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

One of the overlying themes in this book and indeed most of Hillerman's books is the differences between White, Western culture and that of Native Americans. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Choose two of the following areas and compare and contrast the White, Western culture with the Native American culture: religion, nature, politics/government, marriage, death, war, gender roles.

2. Using the entire novel of Talking God, write an essay on how you think Hillerman perceives Native American culture.

3. Using the entire novel of Talking God, write an essay on how you think Hillerman perceives white, Western culture.

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