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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 is the name of Johnson's partner who searches Chee's trailer with Johnson?

2. According to Lomatewa, how old does he suspect the dead man he finds on the trail is?

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

4. Whose body does Chee find inside the missing vehicle?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How did Gaines and Miss Pauling meet?

6. What does Albert Lomatewa notice about the boot he sees fifteen yards away from him on the trail?

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. 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. How does Chee respond when the dead pilot's attorney tries to hire him to investigate the plane crash?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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