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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. For what are the Mulkerins looking in the hills?

2. What does Eileen feel as she suddenly wakens?

3. Who is Zeke Wooston?

4. Who caused the fire on the ranch?

5. What does Sean not understand?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mariana received at the Mulkerin home?

2. Who is Juan?

3. Describe the Mulkerin's discussion about gold after Sean arrives home.

4. How does Eileen end up moving to Malibu?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Silva believe about the area and how do most of the others react to his beliefs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout "The Californios". Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Trace the development of the theme of superstition. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how the idea of superstition informs the entire novel.

2. Trace the development of the theme of greed. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how greed seems to be more a part of the predominant culture of the United States versus that of native cultures.

3. Trace the development of the theme of violence. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is central to the novel's plot.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "The Californios" is? Explain your response.

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