The Pearl Test | Mid-Book 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 is Kino's first promise spoken out loud when asked about the pearl?

2. What color is the water in Chapter 2 as Kino is diving?

3. What is a pearl made from?

4. Why do the villagers come to Kino's house in Chapter 1?

5. What city does the doctor dream of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Juana ask for when Coyotito is stung? Why?

2. What does the Song of the Family symbolize to Kino?

3. What does the town call the pearl when they hear about it? Why?

4. When does the Song of Evil first enter Kino's head? What does this song represent?

5. How does Juana merge different belief systems in the novel?

6. How do the villagers’ perceptions of Kino change after his discovery of the pearl?

7. How is Kino’s home described?

8. What do the other canoeists do when they hear Kino's howl of happiness after finding his giant pearl? Why?

9. When does the first hint of the Song of Evil come to Kino with his pearl? What does the song represent?

10. Why does Kino always have a song in his head?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Water is an important backdrop element in the novel. Describe the different ways that Kino and his family survive with water.

1.) How does the beach impact Kino's life?

2.) Describe the waterbed that Kino finds at the mountaintop. Why is this setting appropriate for the events that follow? Explain thoroughly.

Essay Topic 2

The town is described as a colonial animal. How does this metaphor affect the novel?

1.) Describe how news travels in the town.

2.) Describe how the town works together in certain situations. Does it seem that there is a division between Kino and his family versus the town and villagers? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The canoe holds high importance in the life of the villagers. How does Kino feel about his canoe? How does he react when it is no longer available for him? Why do the villagers hold such a high importance on their canoes? What do the canoes symbolize to them?

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