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. Why was an Amtrak train stopped for 38 minutes on the night of the murder that Leaphorn is investigating?

2. Who is Bernard St. Germain?

3. What function does Janet Pete serve at her firm?

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

5. What does Joe Leaphorn feel has been restored?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Janet Pete tell Jim Chee when she calls him at his office?

3. About what does Jay Kennedy call Joe Leaphorn?

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

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

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 ceremony is Jim Chee observing and why is he there?

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

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

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Talking God.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Talking God. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Talking God. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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