Talking God Test | Final 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. About what does Leaphorn learn?

2. What does Fleck want to photograph?

3. Why does Highhawk wish to speak with Janet Pete privately?

4. What interests Captain Parker about the incident at the museum when Highhawk disappears?

5. What does Fleck do after seeing the article about Elogio Santillanes y Jimenez?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whose body is found in some bushes and what is the cause of death?

2. What does Leaphorn learn when he calls his office?

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

4. What does the recording found with Highhawk reveal?

5. Describe the conversation between Leroy and Delmar Fleck.

6. Describe the conversation between Fleck and the Client and Fleck's reaction afterward.

7. Who comes to Leaphorn's hotel room and what do they want and how does Leaphorn handle the situation?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Joe Leaphorn, using only his mind, "out detects" the FBI, with its large budget and state-of-the-art equipment.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Talking God.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in Talking God.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout the novel. 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. Trace the development of the theme of stolen artifacts. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how the idea of stolen artifacts informs the entire novel.

2. Trace the development of the theme of greed. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how greed seems to be more a part of the predominant culture of the United States versus that of the Navajo Indians.

3. Trace the development of the theme of violence. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is central to the novel's plot.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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