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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. Who greets Skip when he arrives late?

2. What do they learn from the skull found?

3. What do reverse spirals signify?

4. What were the petroglyphs that Nora found on the cliff face?

5. Who does Sloane tell Nora she would partner her with?

Short Essay Questions

1. What items are unusual in the cliff dwelling?

2. What about Sloane's arrival bothers Nora?

3. What is the cosmography that still runs through most present day southwestern Native American religions?

4. What does Aragon tell the rest about the bones that were found in the crawlspace?

5. What two incidents in Chapters 1 through 8 suggest to the reader some kind of witchcraft or demonic forces are at work behind the scenes?

6. Why does Nora discover only a single moqui step?

7. What is Zero Site Trauma and why is it important?

8. Why does John leave Nora and Bill so suddenly?

9. What is so important about the letter Nora finds from her father?

10. After Teresa's attack and murder, what had happened to her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Skip Kelly is given work as part of Nora's deal with Dr. Goddard. Earlier, first impressions were discussed.

Part one: What first impression does Skip give? How is that in direct opposition to his actual character? What acts or actions define him throughout this story, and what are the differences between the character he reveals on first impression vs the character that he actually is?

Part two: What first impression do you think you give? How is that in opposition with who you believe yourself to be inside (if at all)? What is the reason for the discrepancy between the two?

Essay Topic 2

As part of the deal that Dr. Goddard makes with Nora, his daughter Sloane is to be allowed to join the expedition. What is Nora's first impression of Sloane? What motivates Dr. Goddard to insist that she attend? What is his agenda? What conclusions can be drawn about his intentions based on his history, and through him, Sloane's intentions? What specific passages support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

There are several factors that play into Nora's determination to take the horses over Devil's Backbone. This is a costly decision in several different ways, both physical and emotional. What are they? There is some dissent among team members as well. How does that factor into the decision, if at all? What could have been done at this point that may have avoided the tragic loss they suffer? Roscoe is one of her major opponents at this juncture. How does the tragedy that occurs play a part in their behavior further into the story?

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