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 Hartman worry if she returns one of the objects of her display?

2. How does Fleck amuse himself?

3. Who does Chee discuss with Leaphorn?

4. Where does Captain Rodney meet Leaphorn?

5. What is the prosecutor offering Highhawk?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Who does Fleck follow to the Smithsonian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 4, Officer Chee is watching dancers prepare for the Yeibichai or Night Chant ceremony. Discuss the following

1. Research some Navajo rites or initiation ceremonies and describe them and give your thoughts about them.

2. What do you think is the purpose of ceremonies for the common events in human life (such as birth, death, marriage, etc.)?

3. Has Native American culture influenced some aspect of the predominant culture of the United States? How? Give examples and discuss fully.

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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