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. What is Angnes Tsosie told by a doctor?

2. What does Eldon Tamana plan to do?

3. Where does Anges Tsosie's son-in-law place her bed?

4. Who has Janet seen repeatedly?

5. Where did Madrid-Perez have a meeting scheduled?

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

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

5. What does Janet Pete tell Jim Chee about a man in a Chevy?

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

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

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

9. Why hasn't The Client paid Fleck the rest of the money owed Fleck?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Talking God is? Explain your response.

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

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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