Rain of Gold Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Victor Villaseñor
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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 Dona Guadalupe want to do with her share of the gold that they have found?

2. What Indian tribe is Leonides Camargo fighting against?

3. Why is Juan trying to sell firewood?

4. Which powerful person is killed by Victoriano?

5. What is the name of Juan Salvador's youngest brother?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sophia organize a strike and what is the outcome?

2. What happens to Juan when two men try to take his gambling winnings in California?

3. What happens to the village and to Dona Guadalupe when the mine is closed?

4. How does Salvador get out of jail in Chapter 23?

5. Why does Dona Margarita not want Domingo to be the one to ask for Lupe's hand in marriage on behalf of Salvador?

6. What news does Don Victor bring back from the lowlands regarding Sophia?

7. What events lead to the death of Don Tiburcio?

8. According to Chapter One, what is "Rain of Gold" about and in what time period does it take place?

9. In what state does Juan find his mother when he arrives in Los Angeles?

10. Why does Dona Margarita want to go to Chicago, and what do others think about this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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).

Essay Topic 2

The lack of women's rights can be seen through the strike in chapter 19, section 5. Please explain why this is a good example of the lack of women's rights, what was done in response to that lack of rights, and what the outcome of the situation was. Do you agree or disagree with the way this matter is handled?

Essay Topic 3

What purpose does setting have in a literary work? What are some ways or means though which setting is established in this novel? Please provide three examples of settings that can be found in this story.

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