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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. To whom did Jaime direct Juan to tell a secret?

2. Who decides to go looking for Juan?

3. Where is the Mulkerin house?

4. What is the main personality trait of Jorge Fernandez?

5. How many sons does Eileen have?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sean come to meet Mariana?

2. What thoughts run through Eileen's mind while she is thinking about the gold when Juan is resting?

3. What noises do Wooston's men hear and why do they decide to wait until morning to confront Sean's group?

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 Eileen goes to wake up Juan?

6. Why is Eileen distraught when she and Juan get to the gold?

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

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

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

10. How many men does Sean observe who are after them and what is Montero doing?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "The Californios" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "The Californios"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "The Californios" to discuss and compare a characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "The Californios" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "The Californios" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written as serious literary fiction versus fiction that is solely written for entertainment? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "The Californios" a successful novel? What about those in academe?

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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