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. Who takes credit for the identification of Elogio Santillanes y Jimenez?

2. How does Leaphorn call the interrogators' bluff?

3. Who goes with Leaphorn to Union Station?

4. How does Fleck amuse himself?

5. Who does the reader learn is "The Client"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. With whom do Chee and Leaphorn meet and what does Chee tell the person?

3. What do Chee, Leaphorn and Captain Rodney find in the bin that contains artifacts from Borneo?

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

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

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

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

8. Who does Fleck follow to the Smithsonian?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the overlying themes in this book and indeed most of Hillerman's books is the differences between White, Western culture and that of Native Americans. 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. Choose two of the following areas and compare and contrast the White, Western culture with the Native American culture: religion, nature, politics/government, marriage, death, war, gender roles.

2. Using the entire novel of Talking God, write an essay on how you think Hillerman perceives Native American culture.

3. Using the entire novel of Talking God, write an essay on how you think Hillerman perceives white, Western culture.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Talking God.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Talking God. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Talking God. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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