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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. Where does Delaney go to get a new car?

2. Who gives América a cup of coffee?

3. How does Candidó know his wife has been attacked?

4. Who blames most car thefts on Mexicans?

5. What jerks Delaney out of his flashback?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Delaney's plan for catching anyone who comes near the gate?

3. Why does América knock on the front door of her employer's home in the middle of the workday?

4. Describe the flashback Candidó has regarding his encounter with the INS.

5. Describe the circumstances in which Delaney meets Dominick Flood.

6. Describe Candidó's and América's escape from the fire in the canyon.

7. Describe América's new employer and what sort of work he hires her to do.

8. Why does Kyra begin sleeping in Jordan's bedroom?

9. How does Delaney discover that Candidó is not guilty of spray painting the gate?

10. Why does Candidó become so angry with América that he slaps her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the climax of this story and the series of events leading up to the climax. How do the characters respond to the climax? What does Boyle include in his story to insure that the climax will be as powerful and meaningful as possible?

Essay Topic 2

How is the sexual assault on América foreshadowed in the earlier part of the book? Do you expect her to be assaulted? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Critical events in Boyle's story revolve around the Thanksgiving holiday, and the term "pilgrim" is mentioned at least twice throughout the story. Why do you think Boyle chose Thanksgiving and pilgrims in this particular book? What sort of meanings are attached to the terms? How do those meanings relate to the themes of the book?

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