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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 hope to do when he gets home?

2. What does Brennan think about how his mother talks?

3. What is Coyote Runs supposed to do when the party returns?

4. With whom does Coyote Runs catch up?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Coyote Runs learn he will be doing soon and which of his friends will be doing it also?

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

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

7. 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?

8. What dream did Brennan have in Chapter 11 about an eagle?

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

10. What incident with Mr. Homesley does Brennan recall when he thinks of talking to him about the skull?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Canyons based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Canyons is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Canyons has paranormal incidences in it changes whether it is a successful novel especially along the lines of whether it is believable? Why or why not?

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