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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. According to one of Chee's sources, who could be a powaqa?

2. How many grandchildren does Lomatewa have?

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

4. On the night the Cessna crashes, who is scheduled to meet the plane when it lands?

5. According to the rumors that Chee shares with the owner of the Burnt Water Trading Post, what kind of drugs were being smuggled in on the Cessna?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Chee and Musket's mother introduce themselves, what information do they share?

2. How was Thomas West killed?

3. According to Chee, how does one become a good tracker?

4. What does Johnson assume took place when Chee and Gaines were talking at the plane crash site?

5. What is the one thing that the caller does not specify to Gaines during the phone call?

6. According to what Miss Pauling overhears on Gaines's phone call, what does the caller insist on when the exchange is to be made and why?

7. How does Chee respond when Dashee asks Chee directly if Chee found the car?

8. When Dashee meets Chee on U.S. 160, what does Chee tell Dashee?

9. According to Chee's conversation with the old Hopi, what would Chee do if he wanted to help the guardian of the shrine?

10. What does Chee see when he goes to the shrine that solves the mystery of why the windmill is being vandalized?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jim Chee and Cowboy Dashee can be seen as kindred spirits. Although they are not quite the same, they share a number of similarities. Identify and describe these similarities. Then, based on your discussion of their similarities, identify the ways in which these two men's similarities facilitate the plot's development and moves the story forward.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the story, there are several attempts made on Chee's life.

a. Identify at least three attempts on Chee's life. Describe the situation and how Chee escapes.

b. Compare and contrast the characters that try to kill Chee, as well as these characters' motivations.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the course of the novel, Hopi and Navajo traditions abound. In fact, these traditions and rituals become a main reason behind the story's plot. Identify at least three different Hopi or Navajo traditions that impacted the plot and the lives of the characters involved in the story. For each instance, describe the ritual, the characters involved, and how the Hopi or Navajo traditions impacted the story's plot. How might the story have been different if these traditions had not been a part of the plot? Explain your reasoning.

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