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. According to the rumors that Chee shares with the owner of the Burnt Water Trading Post, what kind of drugs were being smuggled in on the Cessna?

2. On the night the Cessna crashes, who is scheduled to meet the plane when it lands?

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

4. Where is Jerry Jansen from?

5. After Chee explains what happened in the trailer to Largo, how many days does Largo tell Chee to take off from work?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why does the Cessna's pilot fly near Balakai Mesa on his route?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The book is titled The Dark Wind. Why did the author choose this title? How does the title foreshadow the events that unfold in the story, the struggles of the main character, and the determination of Jim Chee to set things right?

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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