The Dark Wind Test | 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. On the night the Cessna crashes, who is scheduled to meet the plane when it lands?

2. Before Johnson slaps Chee, when was the last time Chee had been slapped by anyone?

3. According to Chee, how many men searched the possible exit arroyos out of the wash for the missing vehicle?

4. What is Jerry Jansen's occupation?

5. On what date does the Niman Kachina take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the plane wreckage when Jim Chee first sees it.

2. According to Lomatewa, why had Sotuknang destroyed the world?

3. While staring at the body Lomatewa finds off the trail, what does he notice about the body's feet?

4. According to what Largo tells Chee, what does the Drug Enforcement Agency think about the location of the drug shipment?

5. As Chee is being questioned by Johnson about the plane crash, what professional habit does Chee decide to avoid developing?

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

7. After escaping detection from the man investigating Chee's truck in the arroyo, Chee is nervous about returning to his vehicle. Describe Chee's actions as he goes back to his truck.

8. According to the owner of the Burnt Water Trading Post, why did he fire Joseph Musket?

9. As Chee studies the tracks left on the ground in the wash, what does Chee deduce about the hidden car?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hillerman uses this story to examine the role that truth plays in our daily lives. Examine the author's beliefs through his storytelling. Why would the author choose this story to overlay his demonstration of the consequences realized when the truth is distorted or hidden? What did you learn from the author's discussion on truth? What other avenues, if any, could the author have used to express his beliefs? Would those avenues have been as effective as the story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Captain Largo and Cowboy Dashee.

a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?

b. Compare the role that justice plays in each of their lives. How is each character affected by the concept of justice, both positively and negatively?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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