Thunderhead 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. How long after a clear weather report was given by Sloane did the flash flood hit?

2. What is Nora's first indication of a flash flood?

3. How does Black justify his behavior to himself?

4. What does Nora use against the final skinwalker?

5. Swire arrives in haste to give Nora what information?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two things do the skinwalkers do when they go into Chilbah valley in Chapter 36?

2. What does Sloane conceal from Nora and how does Black react?

3. Bonarotti sits outside after breaking through the seals to the Sun Kiva to have a cigarette and has trouble remembering what?

4. Why is Swire angry when Nora and Bill return to Quivira?

5. How do Nora and Bill get out of the slot canyon after regaining consciousness?

6. What does Black think of Sloane's behavior as the flood waters rage?

7. Who does Skip go to for help and why?

8. What does John do after he saves Nora and Bill?

9. Who grabs Nora from behind when she goes to check whether or not Sloane had killed Smithback?

10. What discovery does Black make, and how is it discovered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Black and Sloane both report the day's weather as being clear for the day when they have both witnessed evidence to the contrary. Each has different reasons for their omission. Explain them. Why is Sloane so determined to stay? What motivates Black's behavior? It is easy to see that neither is motivated solely by the desire to explore the Kiva, so what is the common factor that is behind their omission? (Nora is motivated by the same desire when she is determined to leave but each has different focal points)

Essay Topic 3

In the early chapters of the book, Nora has a distinct disdain for Bill. She mentally puts him down and is openly sarcastic and either unresponsive or her responses to him are negatively charged. This changes dramatically by the end of the book as he wins her trust and her heart. How did he lose it to begin with? What single event almost kept him single? What was the turning point? How did he finally change her mind about him? This was an issue that involved a confrontation, a revelation, and an act of selflessness. Be sure to name them all.

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