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 interests Captain Parker about the incident at the museum when Highhawk disappears?

2. Where do Chee and Janet go on the Metro?

3. How does Fleck amuse himself?

4. How can Chee tell the Yeibichai is a replica?

5. Where does Captain Rodney meet Leaphorn?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the man who was the conductor on the Amtrak train which stopped in the desert in New Mexico tell Joe Leaphorn?

5. Describe the conversation between Leroy and Delmar Fleck.

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

7. What lesson does Fleck remember from his childhood?

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

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

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

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

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Talking God is? Explain your response.

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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