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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 is part Indian and part Spanish?

2. Who decides to go looking for Juan?

3. What is Eileen determined to do at any cost?

4. What does Eileen feel as she suddenly wakens?

5. Why does Juan say it is important for the party to remember the route?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Eileen's family end up in Spain and then how does Eileen end up in Mexico?

4. Who is Zeke Wooston?

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

6. How does Sean come to be a sailor?

7. Where is Eileen raised and how does she come to be in California?

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

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

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

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 one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of how Machado is on somewhat friendly terms with Sean Mulkerin by the end of the book. What other situations contain irony in "The Californios"?

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "The Californios:. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "The Californios" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

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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