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. How does Russell feel as he is leaving the cave?

3. What does Sean see down in the canyon?

4. What does Eileen realize as she is waking Juan?

5. What does Sean tell Machado?

Short Essay Questions

1. What thoughts run through Eileen's mind while she is thinking about the gold when Juan is resting?

2. What are Russell and Francisco doing in the mountains, and why does Francisco anger Russell?

3. Why does Sean waken Mariana while they are on the trail and what does he tell her?

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

5. What noises do Wooston's men hear and why do they decide to wait until morning to confront Sean's group?

6. What does Eileen order at the store and why?

7. What do the voices say about Russell?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "The Californios" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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