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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 happened to some of the horses?

2. What about Sloane threatens Nora?

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

4. How did Nora's father sometimes mark his trail?

5. What happens to Hurricane Deck, Beetlebum and Fiddlehead?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Nora meet in Chapter 12?

2. What does John Beiyoodzin call the people responsible for killing the expedition's horses?

3. What incidents cause tensions to flare between Nora and Sloane?

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

5. When the ceremony is conducted at the ancient grave site, what becomes clear?

6. Why was the ridge Nora was seeking called the Devil's Backbone?

7. Why does Nora ask that the expedition be kept a secret?

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

9. Skip went back to the farmhouse and picked up Teddy Bear after Teresa's death. Why did he do this, and what happened afterwards?

10. Why does Nora believe Smithback almost ruined everything, and as such, still harbor some resentment towards him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In several instances, there are deaths that can be attributed to wolfskin runners or skinwalkers. They are referred to as witches by the natives, and feared by all. What other names are they given and why?

Part one: Name the different places and occasions where the skinwalkers have asserted themselves. What behaviors can be attributed to their specific brand of witchcraft? What displays were created by them?

Part two: What are the prerequisites to becoming a skinwalker? What rituals are necessary, and what items are collected for future use by the skinwalkers?

Part three: What is the purpose or objectives of the skinwalkers? What are they trying to accomplish?

Essay Topic 2

There is a way of life that is part of the Quivira people and carries through to the Nankoweap tribe. The ceremony consistent with both deals with the seasons and the land. Describe the way of life / belief system that is consistent with both of these peoples. What evidence is discovered in Quivira that would lead the reader to the conclusion that they also practiced this belief structure? How was it displayed?

Essay Topic 3

The discovery of the first Kiva is significant. While it appears to be the main Kiva, what evidence supports a different conclusion? How does what they already know about the Anasazi people tie into that conclusion? What can the reader infer from this point and which observations are made and by whom that support or lean in that direction?

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