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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 is near the open porch?

2. Who is the owner of a local cantina who is riding with Wooston?

3. For what are the Mulkerins looking in the hills?

4. How old is Juan?

5. Who caused the fire on the ranch?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Eileen apologize to Juan?

2. How does Jaime Mulkerin come to own the ranch, and where is Jaime now?

3. What are Russell and Francisco doing in the mountains, and why does Francisco anger Russell?

4. What does Eileen tell Del Campo and Polanco when they go warn her about Beltran and Velasco, and why are they not real concerned about Sean?

5. What happens when Russell wakes in the night, and what does he do in the morning?

6. What do Beltran and Velasco decide to do about Sean and Wooston?

7. What does Sean say to Wooston and Machado and what are their responses?

8. What does Silva tell Wooston that angers Wooston, and what concerns Machado and Russell?

9. Why do Juan and the others leave camp in the middle of the night?

10. Why does Juan not think there is a reason to share much about his people and their history?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think "The Californios" is successful as a western novel? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Louis L'Amour's western novels? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes a book more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Louis L'Amour.

2. What in Louis L'Amour's background may have helped him in writing "The Californios"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "The Californios"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "The Californios" and include why you believe it is an example of foreshadowing. Include specific examples from the book.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "The Californios" and your own live to support your opinion.

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