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 is Joe Leaphorn frustrated?

2. What does the pathologist say about the cause of death of the body?

3. What does Chee call a white man at the ceremony?

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

5. What is the opposition to what one of McDermott's clients want to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has Fleck done to the nursing home director and why?

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

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

4. Describe Fleck's conversation with "The Client" after reading the newspaper articles.

5. With whom does Chee have breakfast and what amazes Chee?

6. Describe the parting scene between Chee and Janet Pete.

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

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

9. Besides a Yeibichai mask, what else does Chee find of interest in Highhawk's office?

10. What does Jim Chee find in Highhawk's office and what does he think of it?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Talking God is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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