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

2. What does Brennan's mother say when the men tell Brennan about his mother's concern?

3. What kind of body does Mr. Homesley have?

4. What does Brennan find in the sky to help him?

5. In what does Brennan carry the skull to Dr. Tibbets?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Brennan learn about the probable age of the person to whom the skull belongs?

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

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

6. What is suggested about why the person to whom the skull belongs was killed and what suggestion is made for Brennan to find more information?

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

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

9. What dream did Brennan have in Chapter 11 about an eagle?

10. What does Mr. Homesley say about the second source of information?

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

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 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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