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. What does Homesley give Brennan when Brennan is going through the boxes?

2. What does Brennan hear in the distance?

3. Where do Mr. Homesley and Brennan take the skull?

4. What does Brennan do when the men jump at him?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where does Brennan leave the skull and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Canyons based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Canyons is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Canyons has paranormal incidences in it changes whether it is a successful novel especially along the lines of whether it is believable? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Canyons help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Canyons? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in Canyons to discuss and compare Brennan's response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Canyons is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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