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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 do the soldiers have to do sometimes to drink?
2. What kind of environmental conditions d0 patrol reports write about?
3. To what did Brennan's activities with Mr. Homeley lead?
4. From what band of Apaches was Coyote Runs?
5. With what is Brennan obsessed with by Chapter 11?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens as Brennan climbs some rocks and what is his response?
2. In Chapter 12, describe what Brennan is thinking when he contemplates the bullet hole in the skull.
3. Why does Brennan talk to Mr. Homesley about the skull?
4. What does Brennan find out when he comes home in Chapter 21?
5. What kind of relationship do Brennan and Mr. Homesley end up having?
6. Where does Brennan head and what does he do on his way out of town?
7. What does Mr. Homesley say about the second source of information?
8. Why does Brennan think the skull belonged to a young person?
9. How long does it take for more information to come to Brennan and what does he do when Mr. Homesley calls about it?
10. Where does Brennan meet Mr. Homesley, who do they see there and what does that person tell them about?
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'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?
Essay Topic 3
Characters are an important part of what makes Canyons interesting. Discuss the following characters:
1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Brennan. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Coyote Runs. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Brennan's mother. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
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