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 Brennan fear will happen to the skull if the police get it?

2. To what did Brennan's activities with Mr. Homeley lead?

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

4. How long does it take for Mr. Homesley's information to arrive?

5. Why do the newspapers in the boxes look old to Brennan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where does Brennan leave the skull and why?

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

5. What does Brennan read that he thinks may be relevant to the skull?

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

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

8. What does Brennan find out when he comes home in Chapter 21?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

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 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 3

Brennan worries about his mother being hurt by the men in her life.

1. With research, define the term, co-dependent and discuss whether the term could be applied to Brennan in relation to his mother.

2. Do you think a fourteen-year-old boy would notice some of his mother's feelings Brennan seems to understand in this book? Why or why not?

3. In relation to Brennan and his mother, does Brennan seem to be more the adult than his mother? Why or why not? Use examples from Canyons to support your answer.

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