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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 many sons does Eileen have?

2. With whom does Eileen live after her father dies?

3. What does Montero say about the idea of finding gold in the hills?

4. What type of house does the Mulkerin family have?

5. Where does Eileen first move when she leaves her homeland?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who are the men that Sean meets who Montero sends to help the Mulkerin family?

4. How do Machado and Sean leave things between them?

5. How does Sean come to meet Mariana?

6. What happens that makes Russell leave the cave?

7. Who is Zeke Wooston?

8. Who is Juan?

9. What does Eileen decide in order to "buy" time?

10. Why does Eileen apologize to Juan?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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