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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. Where are the Indian warriors going in Chapter 3?

2. Why does Brennan work?

3. How does the raiding party proceed home?

4. What are two activities Brennan's mother became involved in that he managed to avoid?

5. Where is Coyote Runs shot?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Homesley say about the second source of information?

2. What does Brennan find out when he comes home in Chapter 21?

3. What does Brennan hear and what does he do with the skull?

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

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

6. What reason comes to Brennan when he thinks about keeping the skull?

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

8. What was in a letter from a school Brennan finds?

9. Where does Brennan hide the skull in his house?

10. What happens when Brennan wants to stop for the night and what does he learn about snakes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Canyons, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Canyons is? Explain your response.

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