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 speaks to Machado's men from the darkness?

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

3. Why is Eileen concerned about Juan?

4. Who is Polanco and Del Campo?

5. What does Bell say is obvious?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What happens that makes Russell leave the cave?

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

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

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

10. What does Eileen decide in order to "buy" time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes "The Californios" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Sean Mulkerin What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Eileen. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Zeke Wooston. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

"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.

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "The Californios" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "The Californios" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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