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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 makes the insect that stings Coyotito fall into Coyotito's bed?

2. How long can Kino stay under the water?

3. What surprising thing does Juana do after Coyotito is stung?

4. According to Chapter 3, who will punish Kino for rebelling against the way things are?

5. When does Kino sing the Song of the Undersea?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does the first hint of the Song of Evil come to Kino with his pearl?

2. Where does Kino say he will go to sell his pearl?

3. In Chapter 3, when others think about Kino's pearl, how do they think of Kino himself?

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

5. How does Juana react when she sees the pearl for the first time?

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

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

8. Describe Kino and Juana's home.

9. How does word travel so fast that Kino has a great pearl?

10. Name some of the townspeople that are described as thinking about what the pearl could do for them when they hear about Kino's news.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The theme of powerful forces manipulating the environment is prevalent throughout the novel. Explain how the following sentence is a good example of foreshadowing in the novel:

"Kino watched with the detachment of God while a dusty ant frantically tried to escape the sand trap an ant lion had dug for him."

Essay Topic 2

Race is an important theme throughout the novel. Discuss how race is shown and how this tension causes problems for Kino and his family.

1.) How would a less-biased response from the doctor or his servant at the gate affected the rest of the story? Would the outcome be different if the doctor had treated Coyotito from his scorpion bite initially?

2.) How do the pearl buyers represent the oppression that a biased social structure brings to the community? How do they work against the divers and prevent a fair deal?

3.) How does this racial situation affect Kino's response to the dead man he stabbed?

Essay Topic 3

Although they rarely speak, music plays an integral role in the novel. Describe its impact on different dramatic scenes within the novel.

1.) When does Kino hear certain songs -- and why? What triggers these songs to start in his mind?

2.) How does Juana mix the ancient songs with the modern religion of Catholicism in her mind?

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