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 Russell not believe?

2. Who speaks to Machado's men from the darkness?

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

4. Where does Sean tell Mariana to ride if Machado's men find them?

5. What does Wooston learn that angers him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Eileen apologize to Juan?

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

4. Who are the men that Sean meets who Montero sends to help the Mulkerin family?

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

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

7. What do the voices say about Russell?

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

9. Why is Eileen distraught when she and Juan get to the gold?

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", 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 2

"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 3

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).

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