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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. To what is the cassette recorder found in Highhawk's pocket wired?
2. Who does Leaphorn see inside apartment 3?
3. How long has it been since Elogio Santillanes y Jimenez is murdered when Fleck reads about him?
4. Who does Chee confront as he and Janet leave Highhawk's office?
5. How do Leaphorn's interrogators act?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Leaphorn find an address for the victim that was dumped in the desert?
2. With whom do Chee and Leaphorn meet and what does Chee tell the person?
3. What happens while Highhawk and Chee are sitting in Highhawk's office and what does Chee do?
4. What does Jim Chee find in Highhawk's office and what does he think of it?
5. What does the man who was the conductor on the Amtrak train which stopped in the desert in New Mexico tell Joe Leaphorn?
6. What do Chee, Leaphorn and Captain Rodney find in the bin that contains artifacts from Borneo?
7. What does Leaphorn learn when he calls his office?
8. What does the recording found with Highhawk reveal?
9. Describe Fleck's conversation with "The Client" after reading the newspaper articles.
10. With whom does Chee have breakfast and what amazes Chee?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:
1. Do you think Talking God is successful as a detective novel? Why or why not.
2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Tony Hillerman series about Joe Leaphorn and the Navajo? What would discourage you from doing so?
3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of death. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with death? Why? What are some symbols of death? How much does this theme contribute to the plot of the story?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of mental/emotional illness. Which characters struggle with some sort of emotional illness? Why? Which characters seem really healthy emotionally/mentally? Why? Can the characters who seem mentally ill change? Why or why not?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of camaraderie within the ranks of cops. Why is this camaraderie important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon the camaraderie or feeling of belonging? Who? Why? What are the positive and negative sides to cops having such a closed fraternity? What other organizations maintain a close adhesion? Do they do so for the same reasons as cops do?
Essay Topic 3
Most mystery novels have an element of fear and suspense. Discuss the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of fear in Talking God. Use specific examples to support your ideas. In what ways is fear felt? Who feels fearful? Why?
2. Why do you think many people enjoy getting scared? For example--in spook houses at Halloween or by reading mystery/suspense novels that contain an element of fear?
3. Is anything a character is afraid of within his/her control to change? What? Why do you think the character has not addressed those issues?
4. Discuss whether or not you enjoy the experience of being scared when you know it is not "real."
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