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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. How many sons does Eileen have?
2. With whom does Eileen live after her father dies?
3. What does Montero say about the idea of finding gold in the hills?
4. What type of house does the Mulkerin family have?
5. Where does Eileen first move when she leaves her homeland?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where is Eileen raised and how does she come to be in California?
2. Describe the Mulkerin's discussion about gold after Sean arrives home.
3. Who are the men that Sean meets who Montero sends to help the Mulkerin family?
4. How do Machado and Sean leave things between them?
5. How does Sean come to meet Mariana?
6. What happens that makes Russell leave the cave?
7. Who is Zeke Wooston?
8. Who is Juan?
9. What does Eileen decide in order to "buy" time?
10. Why does Eileen apologize to Juan?
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the following:
1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?
2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?
3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?
4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?
5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:
1. Fully explain why you think "The Californios" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?
2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.
3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.
4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. Choose two incidences in "The Californios" and compare/contrast the way Juan's culture and the western, white culture view those incidents.
2. Write an argument/persuasion essay addressing the idea of assimilation versus a group keeping their own culture when they live within a larger culture.
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