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 Fleck consider asking for money?

2. What does the Amtrak conductor find when he looks in the roomette?

3. What does Chee wonder about the Yeibichai mask?

4. Who goes with Leaphorn to Union Station?

5. What does Leaphorn realize the purpose of the list is?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who does Fleck follow to the Smithsonian?

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

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

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

6. Describe the conversation between Leroy and Delmar Fleck.

7. What has Fleck done to the nursing home director and why?

8. Whose body is found in some bushes and what is the cause of death?

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

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

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of death. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with death? Why? What are some symbols of death? How much does this theme contribute to the plot of the story?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of mental/emotional illness. Which characters struggle with some sort of emotional illness? Why? Which characters seem really healthy emotionally/mentally? Why? Can the characters who seem mentally ill change? Why or why not?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of camaraderie within the ranks of cops. Why is this camaraderie important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon the camaraderie or feeling of belonging? Who? Why? What are the positive and negative sides to cops having such a closed fraternity? What other organizations maintain a close adhesion? Do they do so for the same reasons as cops do?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Talking God. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hillerman chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in Talking God. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hillerman chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Hillerman's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Hillerman use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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