The Californios Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What does Eileen do with her coat?

2. Who does Sean not see?

3. What does Francisco talk about as the men are traveling?

4. What do Sean and Eileen do when they stop at a local store?

5. What does Russell find in the cave?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Eileen goes to wake up Juan?

2. Why does Francisco try to convince Russell of and what is Russell's response?

3. What is the situation at the ranch when Eileen and the others arrive back there?

4. What happens that makes Russell leave the cave?

5. What happens to Russell after he leaves the cave?

6. What does Silva tell Wooston that angers Wooston, and what concerns Machado and Russell?

7. What occurs when Eileen and Sean stop at a local merchant's store?

8. What do the voices say about Russell?

9. What does Sean say to Wooston and Machado and what are their responses?

10. What happens when Russell wakes in the night, and what does he do in the morning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "The Californios" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "The Californios" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written as serious literary fiction versus fiction that is solely written for entertainment? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "The Californios" a successful novel? What about those in academe?

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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