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. In whom does Sean have faith to help him with Machado's men?

2. What catches Eileen's eye as Juan is sleeping?

3. How much gold does Juan say there is?

4. Who tells Sean about Russell?

5. What does Russell find when he follows some tracks?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Eileen distraught when she and Juan get to the gold?

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

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

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

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

6. What happens that makes Russell leave the cave?

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

8. Who does Eileen meet at the store, and what is his reaction to her story about the gold?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "The Californios", questions that most readers may want to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the L'Amour's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss L'Amours' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of L'Amour and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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