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 does Dr. Hartman show Chee?

2. How is Leaphorn dressed?

3. Where is Highhawk found?

4. What does Chee wish to see?

5. What is a song on the recorder found on Highhawk?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Leaphorn find an address for the victim that was dumped in the desert?

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

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

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. Besides a Yeibichai mask, what else does Chee find of interest in Highhawk's office?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Choose two incidences in Talking God and compare/contrast the way the Navajo culture and the western, white culture view those incidents.

2. Write an argument/persuasion essay addressing the idea of assimilation versus a group keeping their own culture when they live within a larger culture.

3. Conduct 2 interviews of Native Americans or persons from a different culture who have moved to the United States and ask them about the idea of assimilation versus merging into the predominent culture of the United States.

Essay Topic 2

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."

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Talking God is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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