Talking God Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Captain Largo?

2. What is odd about the dead body with which Leaphorn is concerned?

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

4. What does Chee ponder after reading the letter he receives?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. With whom do Chee and Leaphorn meet and what does Chee tell the person?

2. What frustrates Leaphorn about the dead body in the desert, and also what about the corpse puzzles Leaphorn.

3. What does Chee conclude about the Yeibichai mask and how does he come to that conclusion?

4. Why do Chee and Highhawk agree to meet at the museum?

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

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

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

8. Who does Fleck kill and how does he manage to do so and what happens to Fleck afterward?

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

10. What does the man who was the conductor on the Amtrak train which stopped in the desert in New Mexico tell Joe Leaphorn?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Janet Pete and John McDermott. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character? Do both seem to fit the image you have of what a lawyer is like? Why or why not.

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Talking God help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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