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. When Chee awakes in the arroyo, how close is the man to Chee's hiding spot?

2. When Chee finds the missing vehicle, it has already been searched. Who does Chee believe already searched the vehicle?

3. While Chee is waiting to talk to the owner of the Burnt Water Trading post, what are the three women in front of the store talking about?

4. What does Tavasuh mean?

5. When Chee first hears the plane, where is he?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. When Largo tells Chee to take a few days off from work, what does Largo caution Chee to do?

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

4. Describe the man who emerges from the car that drives to the crash site as Chee is looking for answers.

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

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

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

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

9. Why are there only a few exit points from the wash in which Chee finds the missing vehicle?

10. After escaping detection from the man investigating Chee's truck in the arroyo, what is Chee's first instinct?

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

T.L. Johnson seems to be a man who is supremely confident in his ability to come out on top. Identify at least three instances from the story that highlight his confidence. How is Johnson helped by his utter confidence? How is Johnson hurt by his confidence? Provide examples of each.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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