Canyons Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 is Brennan's mother wearing?

2. Why does Mr. Homesley have so much electronic equipment in his house?

3. What does Brennan assume about the skull that Mr. Homesley says is not necessarily true?

4. What does Brennan wonder about the age of the person to whom the skull belonged?

5. What does Dr. Tibbets look like?

Short Essay Questions

1. How long does it take for more information to come to Brennan and what does he do when Mr. Homesley calls about it?

2. What does Brennan learn about the probable cause of death?

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

4. What does Brennan read that he thinks may be relevant to the skull?

5. Where does Brennan meet Mr. Homesley, who do they see there and what does that person tell them about?

6. Why does Brennan think the skull belonged to a young person?

7. Why does Brennan talk to Mr. Homesley about the skull?

8. What was written in most of the reports in the boxes?

9. Where does Brennan head and what does he do on his way out of town?

10. What film did thinking about the bullet hole remind Brennan of and why did he think of it?

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

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Canyons.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? 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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