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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 learn he will be joining?

2. Who attacks the raiding party the day after the raid?

3. What will Coyote Runs be doing when the warriors stop?

4. Why does Coyote Runs believe he can escape bullets?

5. Why did Coyote Runs go to the stream when he woke in the morning?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why does Brennan work and for whom does he work?

4. When does Coyote Runs' group travel and where do they stop to rest?

5. What does Bill tell the children about and what is the name of the canyon near them that relates to his story?

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

7. Why can't Brennan sleep and why does he dig a skull out of the dirt?

8. How close is Brennan and his father and what happens that hurts his mother?

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

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

Essay Topics

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

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 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Canyons help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Canyons? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in Canyons to discuss and compare Brennan's response to how you think you would respond.

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