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 does Brennan ask Mr. Homesley to do?

2. What is the first reason Brennan gives his mother for not telling her about the skull?

3. What does Brennan do when the men jump at him?

4. What does Brennan remember about a man who was shot in the head in Vietnam and the man's face when it happened?

5. What does the voice in Brennan's head tell him about snakes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Where does Brennan leave the skull and why?

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

10. What happens as Brennan climbs some rocks and what is his response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. What is the symbolism between Brennan's life and Coyote Runs' life?

2. With research define narrative contrivance and make a case for or against whether the fact it was a fourteen year old boy who runs found the skull and other contrivances, such as Brennan injuring his ankle just as Coyote Runs' ankle was injured from being shot.

3. With research, chose a group of people today who are experiencing the same type of genocide that the American Indian experienced in the 1800s. Discuss the differences and similarities between the two groups of people.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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