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 had collected the Indian skeletons that the Smithsonian has in its possession?

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

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

4. How does Fleck amuse himself?

5. What is Chee surprised to find in Highhawk's office?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the conversation between Leroy and Delmar Fleck.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does the recording found with Highhawk reveal?

8. With whom does Chee have breakfast and what amazes Chee?

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

One of the overlying themes in this book and indeed most of Hillerman's books is the differences between White, Western culture and that of Native Americans. 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. Choose two of the following areas and compare and contrast the White, Western culture with the Native American culture: religion, nature, politics/government, marriage, death, war, gender roles.

2. Using the entire novel of Talking God, write an essay on how you think Hillerman perceives Native American culture.

3. Using the entire novel of Talking God, write an essay on how you think Hillerman perceives white, Western culture.

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