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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 think about how his mother talks?
2. What does Brennan like to talk about while working?
3. Who were the kids in the van with Brennan?
4. Who attacks the raiding party the day after the raid?
5. Why does Coyote Runs believe he can escape bullets?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where does the van in which Brennan is riding stop and then what do they do?
2. Where does Coyote Runs go after Magpie is shot, what has happened to him and his horse? How does that affect what he does?
3. How close is Brennan and his father and what happens that hurts his mother?
4. When does Coyote Runs' group travel and where do they stop to rest?
5. 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?
6. Why is Brennan annoyed while riding in the van? How does he feel about being there?
7. How does the soldier find Coyote Runs and what happens when he finds Coyote Runs?
8. What kind of gun does Coyote Runs have and what will he be doing with the people in question #6?
9. Where does Brennan's mother tell him they are going and with whom?
10. How hard is Brennan's job and what does his boss talk about?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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?
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