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. What does Leaphorn realize the purpose of the list is?

2. What does the Amtrak conductor find when he looks in the roomette?

3. Who kills a cop in Chapter 18?

4. Why is Highhawk unwilling to accept what Janet tells him?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Fleck's childhood lesson serve him while he is in prison and as a hired killer?

2. Describe the conversation between Leroy and Delmar Fleck.

3. What does Leaphorn observe about the handwriting on papers in the victim's luggage and what does he realize about one of the papers?

4. What is Fleck's association with Eddy Elkins and why does Fleck think of him in this chapter?

5. What does the recording found with Highhawk reveal?

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

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

8. What happens while Highhawk and Chee are sitting in Highhawk's office and what does Chee do?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Talking God, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy (or at least optimistic) note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Silent Prey and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Talking God is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

4. Discuss one idea in Talking God that might influence your thinking.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Talking God belongs to the detective/crime/mystery genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the detective/crime/mystery genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a suspense novel and a murder mystery?

4. Many in the world of academe do not see mystery as a serious genre, that its primary purpose is entertainment and not "worthy" of being studied by serious students of literature? Respond to that idea.

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