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 Juan warn Eileen not to do?

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

3. What sounds are coming from the hills?

4. Who speaks to Machado's men from the darkness?

5. What do Tennison and Sean talk about concerning people's hands?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Eileen distraught when she and Juan get to the gold?

2. What happens that makes Russell leave the cave?

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

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

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

6. What happens when Russell wakes in the night, and what does he do in the morning?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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."

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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