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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 Michael going to do?

2. Why does Juan say it is important for the party to remember the route?

3. How old is Juan?

4. Where is Eileen raised?

5. Who is described as a smuggler and swindler?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the voices say about Russell?

2. Why is Beltran annoyed and why does he scoff at Velasco?

3. How does Wooston try to trick Eileen and how does Sean intervene?

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. Who is Juan?

6. How does Sean come to be a sailor?

7. How does Eileen's family end up in Spain and then how does Eileen end up in Mexico?

8. How is Mariana received at the Mulkerin home?

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

10. What is Los Angeles like at the time of the setting of "The Californios"?

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

Answer one of the following in an essay:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "The Californios". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think L'Amour chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in "The Californios". Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think L'Amour chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss L'Amour's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does L'Amour use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "The Californios".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of this book. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "The Californios". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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