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

2. How does the raiding party keep its horses quiet?

3. What did Brennan think was the reason the kids were so bad?

4. What does Brennan do when he finds a skull?

5. Why does Brennan work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does the van in which Brennan is riding stop and then what do they do?

3. Where does Brennan's mother tell him they are going and with whom?

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

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

6. What kind of school and where is it that Coyote Runs attended and who attended with him?

7. What happens to the group of warriors the day after the raid?

8. 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?

9. What does Brennan do as the kids begin to settle down?

10. What was the school Coyote Runs' attended suppose to do for him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Brennan returns home from the camping trip and finds himself obsessed with the skull. Brennan has many dreams that are not of experiences he has ever had, making Brennan wonder if perhaps there is some kind of connection between him and the skull.

1. There seems to be an implication here that the dead can talk to the living in dreams. Do you believe this is true? Why or why not?

2. Do you think Brennan's reaction to the skull and the dreams is the way most 15-year-old boys would react? Why or why not?

3. Do you think Brennan's reaction to the skull and dreams is reasonable and believable? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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