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. To what is the cassette recorder found in Highhawk's pocket wired?

2. Who is coming to visit the Smithsonian?

3. How is Leaphorn dressed?

4. Who had collected the Indian skeletons that the Smithsonian has in its possession?

5. What does Fleck call the nursing home director?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Fleck's conversation with "The Client" after reading the newspaper articles.

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

6. What do the prosecutors offer Highhawk and what is his response?

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

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

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

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

Talking God, like most detective novels, involves the act of murder. Discuss the following:

1. What is murder? Is the act of murder always clearly murder?

2. Do you think the death of Leroy Fleck, who is a known murderer, is at all tragic? Why or why not.

3. Is murder ever justified? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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