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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. Why is Juan trying to sell firewood?
2. Towards the end of Chapter 7, what do the soldiers do in response to the angry crowds they see in the village?
3. What is Don Tiburcio's dying request to his wife?
4. What one item of Colonel Maytorena's clothing does Lupe rescue from being discarded?
5. Which of Dona Guadalupe's daughters does Don Tiburcio seek to marry?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Don Victor's plan to raise enough money for his family to leave for America? How long will this project take?
2. Where does Juan look to gather firewood to sell?
3. What does Rose-Mary do to Lupe on her first day of school, and why?
4. What are Don Pio Castro and his brothers looking for when they set out from Mexico City?
5. According to Chapter One, what is "Rain of Gold" about and in what time period does it take place?
6. What does the midwife tell Lupe about pain?
7. How is El Paso described the first time Juan and his family see it, and how do they feel upon arriving?
8. How does Guadalupe come to live with Leonides Camargo?
9. What does Juan tell God when he is collecting firewood?
10. What is the condition that the townspeople put on collecting the gold from the spring?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the difference between major and minor characters, the purpose for each in a work of fiction, and provide three examples (if possible) for minor and major characters.
Essay Topic 2
Please explain what foreshadowing is in a literary work. Provide two examples that you believe show foreshadowing in the story "Rain of Gold". In your opinion, is foreshadowing a helpful literary technique? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Please describe what a plot is in a piece of literature and what the various stages of a plot are. Please provide specific examples from the book of three of the stages of the plot (you can choose any three stages you would like).
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