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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. What clan is the boy from who originally sees the body at the beginning of the story?

2. Who is the guardian spirit of the Fourth World of the Hopis?

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

4. What one drink does Chee not touch?

5. After escaping detection from the man investigating Chee's truck in the arroyo, how long does Chee wait before moving from his hiding spot?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. According to Lomatewa's plan, when can the three men finally talk about the body they have discovered?

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

5. How did Gaines and Miss Pauling meet?

6. After making the telephone call to the hotel where Gaines was staying, why does Chee head towards the plane crash site?

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

8. When Chee asks Largo if he's concerned with the missing fifty minutes that Johnson is concerned about, why does Largo admit he's not concerned with the missing minutes?

9. What similarity does Chee notice about the man who was at the plane crash site and the man who almost discovered Chee's hiding place during his night in the arroyo?

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characteristics, roles, loyalties, and agendas of the following people in the story: Jim Chee, Cowboy Dashee, T.L. Johnson, Captain Largo, and Ben Gaines.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

There is no doubt that Miss Pauling is greatly affected by the events the death of her brother. Discuss how her brother's death and the events thereafter affect not only Miss Pauling's worldview, but also her determination to find her brother's killer. How do Miss Pauling's experiences affect her mental state, her susceptibility to being used by Gaines, and her willingness to help Chee?

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