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 from the group Wooston sent to confront Eileen's group?

2. Who laughs at Sean?

3. What confirms Eileen's theory about the gold coming from the hills?

4. What does Juan warn Eileen not to do?

5. Why does Sean become jealous?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "The Californios", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (xposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements of "The Californios". (They may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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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