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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. 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?

2. In what hotel is Ben Gaines staying while awaiting word on Chee's investigation?

3. What does Tavasuh mean?

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

5. What is the name of the younger Navajo woman talking while Chee is waiting to talk to the owner of the Burnt Water Trading Post?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was Thomas West killed?

2. When Chee suddenly awakens in the arroyo, what sound first causes him to wake?

3. How does Mr. Armijo describe the person that Chee goes to the prison to find out about?

4. As Chee flees from his trailer where two men were waiting for him, what does Chee wonder about in regard to the scheduled exchange?

5. When Dashee meets Chee on U.S. 160, what does Chee tell Dashee?

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

7. While staring at the body Lomatewa finds off the trail, why is Lomatewa thinking about how to handle the body?

8. At the end of the story, why is there no longer any reason for Chee to hurry as he disposes of the suitcases?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Chee asks Largo if he is concerned about the missing fifty minutes, Largo replies that he is not concerned because he knows how slowly Chee works. This sort of statement is typical of the way Largo interacts with Chee. Discuss the relationship between Chee and his superior officer. Is Largo's gruff demeanor toward Chee a sign that he does not respect Chee, or does Largo like and appreciate Chee? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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