The Dark Wind Test | Final 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. On Chee's second phone call, what does Chee suggest the caller do?

2. According to the rap sheet Chee is reading at the prison, what was the prisoner arrested for in El Paso?

3. After waking from his night under the stars, Chee goes to a roadside diner for breakfast and to make a telephone call. Who does Chee first call?

4. When Chee asks Dashee if Dashee has caught the windmill vandals yet, who does Dashee blame the vandalism on?

5. When T.L. Johnson visited West in prison, what was the listed reason for Johnson's visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Chee unearth the hidden suitcases and take them with him to the village where the ceremony is taking place?

2. What is the one thing that the caller does not specify to Gaines during the phone call?

3. According to Mr. Armijo, how did Armijo know the person Chee goes to the prison to find out about?

4. When Chee and Musket's mother introduce themselves, what information do they share?

5. What does Chee see when he goes to the shrine that solves the mystery of why the windmill is being vandalized?

6. According to Mr. Armijo, why did the person Chee goes to the prison to find out about have lots of friends in the prison?

7. Describe Black Mesa.

8. After returning to his office, why does Chee call the trading post at Teec Nos Pos?

9. Why does Dashee's boss, the sheriff, think Dashee knows where the drugs are hidden?

10. According to the old Hopi, why is there no longer any water at the Hopi's sacred place?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the course of the novel, Hopi and Navajo traditions abound. In fact, these traditions and rituals become a main reason behind the story's plot. Identify at least three different Hopi or Navajo traditions that impacted the plot and the lives of the characters involved in the story. For each instance, describe the ritual, the characters involved, and how the Hopi or Navajo traditions impacted the story's plot. How might the story have been different if these traditions had not been a part of the plot? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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