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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. Who is Sean?

2. About whom does Sean worry?

3. What has recently burned around the Mulkerin ranch?

4. Who alerts Eileen that Sean has arrived?

5. Who is still awake when Sean and Mariana reach the Mulkerin house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Eileen raised and how does she come to be in California?

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

3. Describe the Mulkerin ranch house.

4. Why is the Mulkerin family's hope in Sean Mulkerin?

5. What does Juan tell Eileen about his people?

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

7. How does Sean come to meet Mariana?

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

9. How does Sean come to be a sailor?

10. Where do Eileen and Juan go and what do they talk about as they travel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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