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 arrives at the party?

2. What is Juan careful to do?

3. What does the merchant at the local store promise Eileen?

4. What does Sean tell Machado?

5. What is the trail from Los Angeles to Malibu like?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How many men does Sean observe who are after them and what is Montero doing?

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

6. What do the voices say about Russell?

7. What is Los Angeles like at the time of the setting of "The Californios"?

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

9. Why does Eileen apologize to Juan?

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

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

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

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think "The Californios" is successful as a western novel? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Louis L'Amour's western novels? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not?

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