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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 does Sean spot in the dirt?

2. Who alerts Eileen that Sean has arrived?

3. How many men does Juan say is following them?

4. What does Juan believe is going to happen?

5. What is said about Juan concerning his people?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Mulkerin ranch house.

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

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

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

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

6. How does Sean come to meet Mariana?

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

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

9. How does Eileen end up moving to Malibu?

10. What does Juan tell Eileen about his people?

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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "The Californios", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (xposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements of "The Californios". (They may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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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