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 has the mine been named?

2. Who goes with Don Castro to start a new community?

3. Towards the end of Chapter 7, what do the soldiers do in response to the angry crowds they see in the village?

4. Why is Juan trying to sell firewood?

5. Who does Don Benito fall in love with while in town?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the midwife tell Lupe about pain?

2. What effect does the revolution have on Don Castro's village?

3. Under what circumstances does Guadalupe meet Don Victor and marry him?

4. Why do the Mexican people seem to think highly of Colonel Maytorena?

5. What is Lupe supposed to give her teacher on the first day of school?

6. What does Rose-Mary do to Lupe on her first day of school, and why?

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

8. In Chapter Eight, what has recently happened to Emilia?

9. What is Don Victor's plan to raise enough money for his family to leave for America? How long will this project take?

10. Why does Socorro leave to go to the lowlands, and what is Victoriano's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Please compare and contrast the idea of courting versus today's idea of dating. What is found in this story? Courting or dating? Please explain the scenario in which courting or dating is found in this story, which characters are involved, and how their courtship ends.

Essay Topic 2

Racism against those of Mexican descent is seen in various parts of this story. Please provide at least three examples where racism against Mexicans is seen. Who is the racist party? On the other side, please provide at least three examples of individuals who seem to ignore the racial differences between themselves and those of Mexican heritage.

Essay Topic 3

What is narrative mode? Please describe the three main types of narrative mode. What narrative mode(s) are used in "Rain of Gold? Please provide an example of this narrative mode.

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