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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 does Brennan recognize about the skull?

2. With whom are Brennan and his mother doing the event in question #20?

3. What does Brennan think the men in his mother's life do?

4. What does Brennan do when he finds a skull?

5. What did Bill say they needed to do when they arrived at the springs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the group of warriors the day after the raid?

2. What was the school Coyote Runs' attended suppose to do for him?

3. Where does Brennan's mother tell him they are going and with whom?

4. What happens to Coyote Runs in the chaos after the raid?

5. How does the soldier find Coyote Runs and what happens when he finds Coyote Runs?

6. What horse is Coyote Runs riding after the raid and what are his hopes concerning it?

7. How close is Brennan and his father and what happens that hurts his mother?

8. Where does the van in which Brennan is riding stop and then what do they do?

9. What kind of gun does Coyote Runs have and what will he be doing with the people in question #6?

10. Why can't Brennan sleep and why does he dig a skull out of the dirt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Brennan learns that the skull was murdered at close contact with a large rifle, a shot that was clearly murder.

1. Defend or refute the above statement. Was the killing of Coyote Runs murder or the carrying out of a soldier's duties?

2. During the course of any war there are soldiers who kill those who are not armed combatants. These killings are considered a war crime. Most soldiers charged with war crimes use the defense of following orders. Discuss under what circumstances you believe a soldier should refuse a direct order.

3, Discuss the possible reasons the soldier had for killing Coyote Runs. The obvious one is prejudice but there may be many emotional, physical, cultural and mental causes.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Canyons. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Canyons. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Canyons? Which theme in Canyons speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Brennan is no exception. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Brennan demonstrates his intelligence and good work ethic. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Brennan's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Brennan's admirable traits makes him do what he does with the skull. Have his flaws impacted his life? How do his flaws influence his handling of the skull?

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