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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. Santa Anna promises to end the war if the U.S. government would give him one half million dollars in gold and transport him to _________________.

2. What year is it in Chapter XII?

3. Hector Garza lives in an area where ________________ of the population is Hispanic.

4. What does the man who works with Otto study?

5. Which Texan becomes both Vice President and President of the United States?

Short Essay Questions

1. What law enforcement group does Otto join and whom is he supposed to capture?

2. How does Yancey come to own the ten thousand acres owned by the Garza women?

3. Why does Laurel Cobb have to face trial within the church?

4. What time period does Chapter VII cover?

5. What years did the Mexican War take place and why is there such lingering hatred between the Texans and Mexicans at this time?

6. What would account for the brutality of the Texans during the Mexican War?

7. Why does the Republic of Texas come to an end and on what date does that occur?

8. Who are the first residents of Fort Sam Garner and why do they want to develop a town?

9. Explain the situation of illegal alien Eloy Muzquiz and his attempts to immigrate to Texas.

10. What is Benito Garza's opinion of the Mexican War and why would he feel this way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it simply TEXAS? What was he trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each one.

Essay Topic 2

Personal identity is an important theme in this book. Who were some of the people who had the strongest personalities? What were their personal codes? Which person in the book would you look up to? Who did you think was less exemplary in character? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

TEXAS is a classic work of historical fiction. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category?

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