Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How many sons does Eileen have?
2. With whom does Eileen live after her father dies?
3. What does Montero say about the idea of finding gold in the hills?
4. What type of house does the Mulkerin family have?
5. Where does Eileen first move when she leaves her homeland?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where is Eileen raised and how does she come to be in California?
2. Describe the Mulkerin's discussion about gold after Sean arrives home.
3. Who are the men that Sean meets who Montero sends to help the Mulkerin family?
4. How do Machado and Sean leave things between them?
5. How does Sean come to meet Mariana?
6. What happens that makes Russell leave the cave?
7. Who is Zeke Wooston?
8. Who is Juan?
9. What does Eileen decide in order to "buy" time?
10. Why does Eileen apologize to Juan?
Many novels have an element of fear and suspense. Discuss the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of fear in "The Californios". Use specific examples to support your ideas. In what ways is fear felt? Who feels fearful? Why?
2. Why do you think many people enjoy getting scared? For example, some like the fear brought by spook houses at Halloween, terror movies or by reading mystery/suspense novels. Why?
3. Is anything a character is afraid of within his/her control to change? What? Why do you think the character has not addressed those issues?
4. Discuss whether or not you enjoy the experience of being scared when you know it is not "real."
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?
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?
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