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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. Whose death does the accident victim hallucinate about?

2. Where does Delaney go after he hits the person with his car?

3. According to one resident, three Mexicans disguised themselves as what to get past the gate of Arroyo Blanco Estates?

4. What does the man in the parking lot do to Candidó?

5. What sort of work is América hoping for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Delaney dislike Kenny Grissom?

2. What is Delaney's encounter with the light-skinned Mexican and his friend like?

3. What do Delaney and Jack Jardine argue about at the supermarket?

4. How does Candidó collect materials to build a shelter for himself and his family?

5. What does América notice about Socorro's health? How does she first notice it?

6. What is the topic of conversation at the first gathering at Arroyo Blanco Community Center?

7. What does Delaney discover when he develops the film in the Cherrystones' home? How does he recognize this person?

8. Describe the first time Kyra sees Candidó.

9. What are the interactions between América and Candidó like after he returns from being beaten?

10. What does Candidó do after he decides that the current campsite is not safe enough for him and América?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Kyra and América are two women in the same town, yet are very different in numerous ways. Compare and contrast the two female characters by using specific examples from Boyle's book.

Essay Topic 2

Which character in Boyle's book is most likable? Why? Which character do you like the least? What is it about that particular character that causes you to dislike him or her?

Essay Topic 3

Boyle uses a great deal of imagery in his book, particularly in the final chapters. What specific examples of imagery does Boyle include? How does this imagery add to the readers' experience of the story?

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