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 Sean see down in the canyon?

2. Who does Eileen encounter in the local store?

3. What shocks the others when Eileen returns to them?

4. Who is waiting for Eileen's group when they return to the Mulkerin ranch?

5. How is Eileen described as looking as she rides?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Eileen apologize to Juan?

5. What is Russell's appearance and explanation when he arrives at the fandango?

6. What happens that makes Russell leave the cave?

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

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

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

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "The Californios".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of this book. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "The Californios". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"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.

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