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 Chee finally leave Highhawk's office at the museum?

2. What does Leroy Fleck locate?

3. How does Leaphorn learn the killer's address?

4. What shocks Chee near the museum entrance?

5. Who is at Highhawk's townhouse when Chee and Leaphorn arrive?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the conversation between Leroy and Delmar Fleck.

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

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

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

10. What lesson does Fleck remember from his childhood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Talking God based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Talking God is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that Talking God is primarily for entertainment changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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