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

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

3. Why does Brennan stay on the road when running near Fort Bliss?

4. How many rounds of ammunition is each soldier given on patrol?

5. Why does Tibbets say it is a good bet the skull was killed by soldiers?

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 dream did Brennan have in Chapter 11 about an eagle?

3. What does Brennan's mother tell him she has done and what is his response?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Canyons is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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