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 do several people tell Sean about Wooston?

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

3. Who is Polanco and Del Campo?

4. Why might the gold not be the answer to Eileen's predicament about the ranch house?

5. What does Eileen come up with for saving the ranch?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Eileen order at the store and why?

10. Why does Eileen apologize to Juan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout "The Californios". Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Trace the development of the theme of superstition. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how the idea of superstition informs the entire novel.

2. Trace the development of the theme of greed. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how greed seems to be more a part of the predominant culture of the United States versus that of native cultures.

3. Trace the development of the theme of violence. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is central to the novel's plot.

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

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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