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. How much money does Fleck need immediately?

2. What does Chee notice when on his way to meet Highhawk?

3. Whose body was discovered under some bushes?

4. Who comes and talks to Leaphorn at his hotel room?

5. For what is Fleck still searching?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What lesson does Fleck remember from his childhood?

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

6. Besides a Yeibichai mask, what else does Chee find of interest in Highhawk's office?

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

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

9. Describe the conversation between Leroy and Delmar Fleck.

10. Who does Fleck follow to the Smithsonian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Talking God, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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

Discuss the following:

1. Choose two incidences in Talking God and compare/contrast the way the Navajo culture and the western, white culture view those incidents.

2. Write an argument/persuasion essay addressing the idea of assimilation versus a group keeping their own culture when they live within a larger culture.

3. Conduct 2 interviews of Native Americans or persons from a different culture who have moved to the United States and ask them about the idea of assimilation versus merging into the predominent culture of the United States.

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