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 does Mrs. Bailey say has called Perry?

2. What is high quality but worn?

3. From whom does Leaphorn receive a phone call?

4. Where does Jim Chee decide to visit?

5. What does Leaphorn do at dusk?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. About what does Jay Kennedy call Joe Leaphorn?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What shocks Catherine Perry about the box on her desk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Talking God is successful as a detective novel? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Tony Hillerman series about Joe Leaphorn and the Navajo? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not.

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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