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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 the condition for Fleck receiving his money owed him?
2. Who is John McDermott?
3. What is high quality but worn?
4. What function does Janet Pete serve at her firm?
5. What does Leaphorn find when he goes out on the job for Kennedy?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Leaphorn find when he searches the luggage of Hilario Madrid- Perez for clues?
2. What is one source of cash for Fleck to help his mother and who does he contact about it?
3. What makes Leaphorn decide to travel to Washington, D. C. for his vacation?
4. What is Leroy Fleck's most pressing personal problem?
5. Describe what Joe Leaphorn finds at the crime scene Kennedy asks him to investigate.
6. What does Catherine Perry find on her desk and who does she blame?
7. What has Henry Highhawk asked the Smithsonian to do?
8. Who picks up Chee at the airport and what does he observe about the men?
9. What does the letter Chee receives from Mary reveal?
10. For whom does Janet Chee work and what is her relationship to her immediate supervisor?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Choose one of the following to discuss:
1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Talking God. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hillerman chooses the symbols he does?
2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in Talking God. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hillerman chooses the metaphors he does?
3. Discuss Hillerman's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Hillerman use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).
Essay Topic 2
Getting the most out of this novel requires some familiarity with the Navajo cultures. 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. Who are the Navajo? What are some of the different clans of Navajo? How do the various clans differ, if they do? What are some of their common beliefs? How do the Navajo live in today's world?
3. How does the Navajo culture inform the plot and actions of this novel? Give examples.
4. Compare and contrast the cultures of two Southwestern Native American tribes.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?
2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Talking God, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?
3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.
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