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 tell Machado?

2. Of whom is Russell said to be an enemy?

3. What does Francisco try to talk the other man into doing?

4. What does the merchant at the local store promise Eileen?

5. Who tells Sean that someone wants to speak with Sean?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the voices say about Russell?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens to Russell after he leaves the cave?

8. What happens that makes Russell leave the cave?

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

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 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 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes a book more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Louis L'Amour.

2. What in Louis L'Amour's background may have helped him in writing "The Californios"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "The Californios"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "The Californios" and include why you believe it is an example of foreshadowing. Include specific examples from the book.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "The Californios" and your own live to support your opinion.

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