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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 moves like a young vaquero?

2. By what was Juan's people's settlement destroyed?

3. What does Sean spot in the dirt?

4. Where is the Mulkerin house?

5. Who is Micheltorena?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Juan tell Eileen about his people?

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

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

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

5. How does Sean come to meet Mariana?

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

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

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

9. How does Eileen end up moving to Malibu?

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 novels have an element of fear and suspense. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of fear in "The Californios". Use specific examples to support your ideas. In what ways is fear felt? Who feels fearful? Why?

2. Why do you think many people enjoy getting scared? For example, some like the fear brought by spook houses at Halloween, terror movies or by reading mystery/suspense novels. Why?

3. Is anything a character is afraid of within his/her control to change? What? Why do you think the character has not addressed those issues?

4. Discuss whether or not you enjoy the experience of being scared when you know it is not "real."

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "The Californios" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "The Californios" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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