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. Who does Leaphorn want to question?

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

3. About whom does Leaphorn ask his interrogators?

4. Where is Highhawk found?

5. What is missing from Highhawk's hook in his office?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the possible history of the Inca mask of the god Viracocha?

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

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

6. What does Chee conclude about the Yeibichai mask and how does he come to that conclusion?

7. Describe the conversation between Leroy and Delmar Fleck.

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

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

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

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

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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