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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 do Eileen's family leave their homeland?

2. Where is Eileen raised?

3. What does Juan say to Eileen?

4. How old is Juan?

5. Towards what does Juan lead the party?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Sean come to be a sailor?

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

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

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

6. Who is Zeke Wooston?

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

8. How does Sean come to meet Mariana?

9. Why do Juan and the others leave camp in the middle of the night?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Answer one of the following in an essay:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "The Californios". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think L'Amour chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in "The Californios". Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think L'Amour chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss L'Amour's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does L'Amour use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "The Californios", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (xposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements of "The Californios". (They may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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