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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 the size of the bullet hole in the forehead of the skull?
2. What does Brennan do when the men jump at him?
3. Where do Mr. Homesley and Brennan take the skull?
4. How does Brennan feel about the dark as he is running?
5. Why do ranchers take their families to El Paso?
Short Essay Questions
1. What kind of relationship do Brennan and Mr. Homesley end up having?
2. What does Brennan find deep in the canyon and what does he do?
3. What does Brennan find out when he comes home in Chapter 21?
4. What does Brennan learn about the probable cause of death?
5. Why does Brennan talk to Mr. Homesley about the skull?
6. What does Brennan learn about the probable age of the person to whom the skull belongs?
7. Why does Brennan think the skull belonged to a young person?
8. In Chapter 12, describe what Brennan is thinking when he contemplates the bullet hole in the skull.
9. What film did thinking about the bullet hole remind Brennan of and why did he think of it?
10. What was written in most of the reports in the boxes?
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. Compare/contrast Brennan to Coyote Runs. How are they alike? How are they different? Do you think their differences are mainly due to their era differences or culture?
2. Coyote Runs seems to be connected to Brennan. Do you think the connection would have occurred with anyone who happened to have found his skull? Why or why not?
3. Compare Coyote Runs' life with Brennan's life. How are they similar? How are they different? Use examples from Canyons to illustrate your comparison.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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