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 does Chee wish to see?

2. What is the prosecutor offering Highhawk?

3. What is a song on the recorder found on Highhawk?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who does Fleck follow to the Smithsonian?

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

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

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

9. What does the recording found with Highhawk reveal?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Getting the most out of this novel requires some familiarity with the Navajo cultures. 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. Who are the Navajo? What are some of the different clans of Navajo? How do the various clans differ, if they do? What are some of their common beliefs? How do the Navajo live in today's world?

3. How does the Navajo culture inform the plot and actions of this novel? Give examples.

4. Compare and contrast the cultures of two Southwestern Native American tribes.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Joe Leaphorn, using only his mind, "out detects" the FBI, with its large budget and state-of-the-art equipment.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use of and meaning of five symbols found in Talking God.

3. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in literature. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how it is used to indicate events to come in Talking God.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Janet Pete and John McDermott. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character? Do both seem to fit the image you have of what a lawyer is like? Why or why not.

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Talking God help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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