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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 does Brennan think a fire would be nice?
2. What does Brennan see when he came up to his home after leaving Mr. Homesley?
3. What does Homesley give Brennan when Brennan is going through the boxes?
4. What does Brennan do with his t-shirt when he takes it off while running?
5. Why is Brennan not supposed to take things from the canyons?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 12, describe what Brennan is thinking when he contemplates the bullet hole in the skull.
2. Where does Brennan meet Mr. Homesley, who do they see there and what does that person tell them about?
3. Why does Brennan think the skull belonged to a young person?
4. What kind of relationship do Brennan and Mr. Homesley end up having?
5. With what does Brennan become obsessed and what starts happening to him?
6. Where does Brennan leave the skull and why?
7. What incident with Mr. Homesley does Brennan recall when he thinks of talking to him about the skull?
8. What happens as Brennan climbs some rocks and what is his response?
9. Where does Brennan head and what does he do on his way out of town?
10. Why does Brennan talk to Mr. Homesley about the skull?
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
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?
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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