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. Where do Mr. Homesley and Brennan take the skull?

2. Who does Brennan decide to ask to learn more about the skull?

3. To what did Brennan's activities with Mr. Homeley lead?

4. Why does Mr. Homesley have Brennan bring a beetle to him everyday?

5. What does Brennan see where he meets Dr. Tibbets?

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 Mr. Homesley say about the second source of information?

3. What does Brennan do when he first arrives at his destination and what is he told? What is his response?

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

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

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

7. What does Brennan find deep in the canyon and what does he do?

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

9. Where does Brennan hide the skull in his house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Brennan learns that the skull was murdered at close contact with a large rifle, a shot that was clearly murder.

1. Defend or refute the above statement. Was the killing of Coyote Runs murder or the carrying out of a soldier's duties?

2. During the course of any war there are soldiers who kill those who are not armed combatants. These killings are considered a war crime. Most soldiers charged with war crimes use the defense of following orders. Discuss under what circumstances you believe a soldier should refuse a direct order.

3, Discuss the possible reasons the soldier had for killing Coyote Runs. The obvious one is prejudice but there may be many emotional, physical, cultural and mental causes.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Coyote Runs becomes afraid when Magpie is shot down. All of a sudden for him death is possible and life is uncertain.

1. Why do you think Coyote Runs is alarmed at the uncertainty of life? Use examples from Canyons to support your answer.

2. Have you ever felt that life was scary because it was uncertain? Why or why not?

3. What are some of the things you think are absolutely certain about life and what are some that you think are completely uncertain?

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