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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 tells Sean that someone wants to speak with Sean?
2. What do several people tell Sean about Wooston?
3. What does Eileen realize as she is waking Juan?
4. What does Sean tell Machado?
5. Why is Eileen distraught?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Sean waken Mariana while they are on the trail and what does he tell her?
2. What happens to Russell after he leaves the cave?
3. Why is Eileen distraught when she and Juan get to the gold?
4. Who are the men that Sean meets who Montero sends to help the Mulkerin family?
5. What is the situation at the ranch when Eileen and the others arrive back there?
6. What occurs when Eileen and Sean stop at a local merchant's store?
7. Who arrives at the party unexpectedly and how does he make Sean jealous?
8. How many men does Sean observe who are after them and what is Montero doing?
9. Why does Eileen apologize to Juan?
10. What noises do Wooston's men hear and why do they decide to wait until morning to confront Sean's group?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"The Californios" belongs to the western novel genre. Discuss the following:
1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fictional memoir genre.
2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.
3. What do you think are the differences between western fiction and a southern fiction?
Essay Topic 2
There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout "The Californios". Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Trace the development of the theme of superstition. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how the idea of superstition informs the entire novel.
2. Trace the development of the theme of greed. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how greed seems to be more a part of the predominant culture of the United States versus that of native cultures.
3. Trace the development of the theme of violence. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is central to the novel's plot.
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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