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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 unusual gift did Jaime have that Eileen admired?

2. Towards what does Juan lead the party?

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

4. Where does Eileen first move when she leaves her homeland?

5. What is Michael going to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mariana received at the Mulkerin home?

2. What can be seen from the Mulkerin front porch?

3. What does Juan say to Sean, Montero, Eileen and Mariana when they arrive at his home?

4. Why does Juan say he must go with the group, and why must they learn the route?

5. Describe the Mulkerin's discussion about gold after Sean arrives home.

6. How does Sean come to meet Mariana?

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

8. What does Juan say about men following them and what is Sean's response?

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

10. Where do Sean, Monero, Eileen and Mariana go and why does Michael stay behind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of how Machado is on somewhat friendly terms with Sean Mulkerin by the end of the book. What other situations contain irony in "The Californios"?

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "The Californios:. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "The Californios" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "The Californios" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "The Californios" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "The Californios" is? Explain your response.

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