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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 Eileen do with her coat?
2. How is Eileen described as looking as she rides?
3. What does Sean tell Machado?
4. How much gold does Juan say there is?
5. Who is the elderly man on the burro the Indian is leading?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Eileen order at the store and why?
2. Why does Francisco try to convince Russell of and what is Russell's response?
3. What does Sean say to Wooston and Machado and what are their responses?
4. Who does Eileen meet at the store, and what is his reaction to her story about the gold?
5. What happens to Russell after he leaves the cave?
6. Why does Sean waken Mariana while they are on the trail and what does he tell her?
7. Why is Eileen distraught when she and Juan get to the gold?
8. What thoughts run through Eileen's mind while she is thinking about the gold when Juan is resting?
9. What does Silva tell Wooston that angers Wooston, and what concerns Machado and Russell?
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
Answer one of the following in an essay:
1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "The Californios". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think L'Amour chooses the symbols he does?
2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in "The Californios". Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think L'Amour chooses the metaphors he does?
3. Discuss L'Amour's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does L'Amour use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the following:
1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?
2. Analyze and discuss "The Californios" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "The Californios" is a successful novel.
3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written as serious literary fiction versus fiction that is solely written for entertainment? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "The Californios" a successful novel? What about those in academe?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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