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. Why does Leaphorn miss Emma particularly at this moment?

2. About what does Leaphorn learn?

3. What is the criteria upon which the Smithsonian will return a skeleton to a tribe?

4. What other Native American artifacts are in Highhawk's office?

5. What does Fleck want to photograph?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What lesson does Fleck remember from his childhood?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Talking God. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hillerman chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in Talking God. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hillerman chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Hillerman's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Hillerman use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Talking God, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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