The Californios Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Sean feel towards Juan?

2. What does Montero say about the idea of finding gold in the hills?

3. What is one thing that has put the farm at risk?

4. Who caused the fire on the ranch?

5. What is Michael going to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe a couple of the men who are with Wooston when he comes to tell Eileen of Wooston's intentions to evict the Mulkerin family.

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

5. Who is Juan?

6. What does Juan say about men following them and what is Sean's response?

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

8. How is Mariana received at the Mulkerin home?

9. What can be seen from the Mulkerin front porch?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"The Californios", like many western novels, involves the act of murder. Discuss the following:

1. What is murder? Is the act of murder always clearly murder?

2. Do you think the death of Wooston, who is a known murderer, is at all tragic? Why or why not?

3. Is murder ever justified? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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