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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

Essay Topic 1

Coyote Runs is shot and killed by a white soldier who jokes as he shoots a fourteen-year-old boy in the head. Discuss the following:

1. How do the circumstances demonstrate the tendency of people to dehumanize an enemy? Use examples from Canyons and from other sources to support your answer.

2. Describe ways in which prejudice contributed to Coyote Runs' death.

3. Discuss the ways in which Coyote Runs thoughts demonstrated his prejudice against white people.

Essay Topic 2

Brennan worries about his mother being hurt by the men in her life.

1. With research, define the term, co-dependent and discuss whether the term could be applied to Brennan in relation to his mother.

2. Do you think a fourteen-year-old boy would notice some of his mother's feelings Brennan seems to understand in this book? Why or why not?

3. In relation to Brennan and his mother, does Brennan seem to be more the adult than his mother? Why or why not? Use examples from Canyons to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Coyote Runs becomes afraid when Magpie is shot down. All of a sudden for him death is possible and life is uncertain.

1. Why do you think Coyote Runs is alarmed at the uncertainty of life? Use examples from Canyons to support your answer.

2. Have you ever felt that life was scary because it was uncertain? Why or why not?

3. What are some of the things you think are absolutely certain about life and what are some that you think are completely uncertain?

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