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. Who is missing when Russell wakes the next morning?

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

3. What does Eileen plan to tell the people in the area?

4. Who is Polanco and Del Campo?

5. Why is Eileen concerned about Juan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who arrives at the party unexpectedly and how does he make Sean jealous?

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

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

10. Why does Eileen apologize to Juan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"The Californios", like many western novels, involves the act of murder. Discuss the following:

1. What is murder? Is the act of murder always clearly murder?

2. Do you think the death of Wooston, who is a known murderer, is at all tragic? Why or why not?

3. Is murder ever justified? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

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."

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