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 is Chee surprised to find in Highhawk's office?

2. Why does Highhawk wish to speak with Janet Pete privately?

3. What does Chee wonder about the Yeibichai mask?

4. What did Fleck kill three inmates?

5. Where does Captain Rodney meet Leaphorn?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Fleck follow to the Smithsonian?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Leaphorn learn when he calls his office?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Talking God, like most novels in the detective genre involves police officers and police work. Discuss the following:

1. What are the characteristics of an effective police officer? Does Leaphorn perform well as a police officer? What about Chee? Kennedy?

2. What additional characteristics does a police detective need versus a policeman on the beat?

3. Discuss the clash between the FBI and the police. Should more cooperation take place between the agencies? Why do you think the FBI is often portrayed in an uncomplimentary light in police/detective novels? How does Hillerman portray the FBI?

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

There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout the novel. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Trace the development of the theme of stolen artifacts. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how the idea of stolen artifacts informs the entire novel.

2. Trace the development of the theme of greed. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how greed seems to be more a part of the predominant culture of the United States versus that of the Navajo Indians.

3. Trace the development of the theme of violence. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is central to the novel's plot.

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