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. What agency is Johnson with?

2. What color is the missing vehicle?

3. Where is the Cessna scheduled to land on the night that it ends up crashing?

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

5. How much does the dead pilot's attorney offer to pay Chee for investigating the plane crash?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the first rule of collecting gossip according to the owner of the Burnt Water Trading Post?

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

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

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

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

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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