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Mid-Book 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. Where does Chee tell Largo that he wants to go visit to find out more about Musket?

2. What is a powaqa?

3. As the Cessna's pilot is bringing the plane in for landing, what does the pilot suddenly realize?

4. Where does Johnson find the business card that Gaines had given to Chee when they first met?

5. How far above the ground does the pilot fly his Cessna plane?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened on the day that Chee first met the owner of the Burnt Water Trading Post?

2. Why does Dashee's boss, the sheriff, think Dashee knows where the drugs are hidden?

3. Why does the Cessna's pilot fly near Balakai Mesa on his route?

4. According to Chee's conversation with the old Hopi, what does Chee say that he understands it gets harder and harder to do?

5. After Johnson leaves Chee's trailer, Chee tells Captain Largo what happened. According to Chee, what was Johnson's story going to be if Chee filed a complaint against Johnson?

6. What does Chee find when he approaches the car as the car sits in the middle of the plaza?

7. How does Chee decide to ensure that Miss Pauling has access to the switchboard at the Hopi Cultural Center motel when Gaines's call comes in?

8. After Johnson handcuffs Chee in Chee's trailer, what does Johnson insist that Chee keep in mind?

9. When Chee phones Dashee to ask about the missing drugs, what does Dashee tell Chee?

10. As Chee flees from his trailer where two men were waiting for him, whom does Chee think the two men may have been?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In many ways, the novel is a series of contrasts designed to heighten the reader's awareness and draw the reader deeper into the story and the intricacies of each of the story's characters. Identify at least three contrasts that are used in the novel. Describe these contrasts and determine how they impact the story's plot as well as the reader's emotional involvement in the characters' lives. If these identified contrasts were not included in the story, what impact would their absence have on the storyline, the characters' development, and the readers' involvement?

Essay Topic 2

Identify three of the people that refuse to believe that Chee had anything to do with the drug trade. Then, compare and contrast the backgrounds, experiences, and opinions of these three people. Was each member of the group necessary in order for the author to help the reader believe in Chee's innocence? Why or why not? What might have been different if these people were not supporting Chee? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

One of the main themes is this novel involves honor.

a. Identify three characters that are honorable in their actions. For each character, describe an instance in which the character acted honorably.

b. Why do these characters try to be honorable?

c. What is the outcome for these characters? Were they successful in their endeavors or would they have been more successful if they had not taken the honorable route? Explain your answer.

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