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Mid-Book 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. What does Coyote Runs almost do after the raid?

2. What does the soldier who shoots Coyote Runs do as he pulls the trigger?

3. Where is a gun pressed against Coyote Runs?

4. What does Brennan's employer like to talk about?

5. What does Brennan tell his mother is the only way to get the kids to sleep?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of relationship do Brennan and Mr. Homesley end up having?

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

3. What is Coyote Runs told to do on the raid?

4. How does Brennan feel about the person driving the van and how does he feel about the kids in it by the time they arrive?

5. What does Brennan pass in the canyon and what does he know?

6. What does Brennan Cole like to do and how does it help him?

7. What does Brennan notice as he is arriving at his house in Chapter 2?

8. Why is the event in question #1 significant to Coyote Runs and how has he prepared for this event?

9. What does Brennan do immediately with skull and what is his guess about it?

10. What is suggested about why the person to whom the skull belongs was killed and what suggestion is made for Brennan to find more information?

Essay Topics

Brennan becomes friends with Mr. Homesley, his biology teacher. This friendship changes Brennan's life.

1. Discuss some of the changes that occur as a direct result of Brennan and Mr. Homesley's friendship. Use examples from the book to support your discussion.

2. Based on the character of Mr. Homesley discuss what kind of a teacher he is and whether he is a typical teacher. Use examples from the book to support your discussion.

3. Discuss Brennan's response to Mr. Homesley in relation to the fact of Brennan not knowing his father. Use examples from the book to support your discussion.

Characters are an important part of what makes Canyons interesting. Discuss the following characters:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Brennan. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Coyote Runs. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Brennan's mother. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Canyons.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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