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 is the prosecutor offering Highhawk?

2. What does Leroy Fleck locate?

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

4. About what does Leaphorn learn?

5. Who does Chee confront as he and Janet leave Highhawk's office?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the possible history of the Inca mask of the god Viracocha?

3. What does Fleck read in the newspaper about Cardona and about the man Fleck murders in the desert?

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

5. Why do Chee and Highhawk agree to meet at the museum?

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

7. Describe the conversation between Leroy and Delmar Fleck.

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

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

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

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.

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