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. What color is the place in question #121?

3. Why do ranchers take their families to El Paso?

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

5. What is the name of the Apache reservation near Brennan's home?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Brennan pass in the canyon and what does he know?

5. Where does Brennan meet Mr. Homesley, who do they see there and what does that person tell them about?

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

7. With what does Brennan become obsessed and what starts happening to him?

8. How long does it take for more information to come to Brennan and what does he do when Mr. Homesley calls about it?

9. What was in a letter from a school Brennan finds?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Brennan is embarrassed when Mr. Homesley singles him out and asks him to search for a beetle in the grass. He always feels awkward and shy at school and feels he does not fit in well with the other students.

1. What do you think a student should do if she/he doesn't fit into the crowd at school? Use examples from Canyons and your life to support your answer.

2. What do you think makes a student stick out from others? Use examples from Canyons and your life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think children tend to pick on another who is different?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Brennan's mother has found the skull and called the police, taking the power of choice out of Brennan's hands. Brennan runs away and takes the skull back to the canyon.

1. Why do you think Brennan's mother called the police? Do you think this was a good decision on her part? Why or why not?

2. The above statement says that the call to the police took away Brennan's power of choice. Do you believe this is true? Why or why not?

3. Do you think Brennan was right to run away? Why or why not?

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