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. How does Russell feel as he is leaving the cave?

2. Who is missing from the group Wooston sent to confront Eileen's group?

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

4. What does Sean see down in the canyon?

5. Why is Eileen concerned about Juan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What happens that makes Russell leave the cave?

9. What do the voices say about Russell?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Californios" belongs to the western novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fictional memoir genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think are the differences between western fiction and a southern fiction?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "The Californios" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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