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. How does Brennan feel about the dark as he is running?

2. What is Mr. Homesley's first thought when Brennan tells him about the skull?

3. How does Brennan elude the men chasing him?

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

5. What does Brennan do with the skull to check out his theory on it?

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 reason comes to Brennan when he thinks about keeping the skull?

3. Where is Brennan by morning and what does he find there?

4. What does the commander answer in response to the letter in question #49? What does Brennan conclude from this report?

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

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

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

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

9. In Chapter 12, describe what Brennan is thinking when he contemplates the bullet hole in the skull.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Brennan becomes friends with Mr. Homesley, his biology teacher. This friendship changes Brennan's life.

1. Discuss some of the changes that occur as a direct result of Brennan and Mr. Homesley's friendship. Use examples from the book to support your discussion.

2. Based on the character of Mr. Homesley discuss what kind of a teacher he is and whether he is a typical teacher. Use examples from the book to support your discussion.

3. Discuss Brennan's response to Mr. Homesley in relation to the fact of Brennan not knowing his father. Use examples from the book to support your discussion.

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