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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. Who does Juan say are new tribes?

2. At what age does Sean have his first sea voyage?

3. Who alerts Eileen that Sean has arrived?

4. What unusual gift did Jaime have that Eileen admired?

5. Who does Machado say he will take pleasure in killing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Eileen end up moving to Malibu?

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

4. How does Sean come to meet Mariana?

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

6. How is Mariana received at the Mulkerin home?

7. What is the situation at the Mulkerin ranch, and what does Eileen think needs to be done about it?

8. What does Juan say to Sean, Montero, Eileen and Mariana when they arrive at his home?

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

10. Who is Juan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "The Californios"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "The Californios" and include why you believe it is an example of foreshadowing. Include specific examples from the book.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "The Californios" and your own live to support your opinion.

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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