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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 Brennan remember about a man who was shot in the head in Vietnam and the man's face when it happened?
2. Where did Brennan run Saturday morning Chapter 12?
3. Why does Mr. Homesley have so much electronic equipment in his house?
4. Where do Mr. Homesley and Brennan take the skull?
5. What does Brennan feel the first time he listens to classical music at Mr. Homesley's house?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What incident with Mr. Homesley does Brennan recall when he thinks of talking to him about the skull?
3. What does Brennan do when he first arrives at his destination and what is he told? What is his response?
4. What does Brennan find out when he comes home in Chapter 21?
5. What reason comes to Brennan when he thinks about keeping the skull?
6. Where does Brennan hide the skull in his house?
7. What kind of relationship do Brennan and Mr. Homesley end up having?
8. What does Brennan learn about the probable cause of death?
9. What was in a letter from a school Brennan finds?
10. Where is Brennan by morning and what does he find there?
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
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 3
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.
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