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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. When the priest hears that Kino has found a pearl, what is his first thought?

2. What is the thing of highest value for Kino and his family?

3. Who knows all the sins of the town?

4. What do the villagers not trust to show them clear lines and boundaries?

5. As he holds the pearl in his hand in Chapter 3, which two songs merge together in Kino's head?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Juana not believe the poultice to be a good solution for Coyotito?

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

4. 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.

5. What does Juana look like?

6. How does Kino react when he sees the scorpion is about to bite Coyotito?

7. What does Juana ask for when Coyotito is stung?

8. Describe Kino and Juana's home.

9. Name some of the dreams that Kino has with his pearl?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Social status is a common theme in the novel. What are the ways that Kino is warned that striving to break out of his destined social status in life would be disastrous? What impact do the priest's stories and the story of the pearl buyer for the villagers have on Kino?

Essay Topic 2

What does the capital represent to the villagers and to Kino?

1.) How does Kino find the trek to the capital -- a path where every step is filled with the unknown?

2.) How do the pearl buyers feel about the capital?

3.) Why do few villagers travel to the capital, although they could possibly get a better deal for their pearls?

Essay Topic 3

One of Kino's dreams is to own a rifle. After he says this, the villagers react in awe and even Juana is amazed at his bravery. Why is this dream of owning a rifle an ironic wish once the end of the story is over? What does the rifle symbolize to Kino and the villagers and what role does it ultimately represent in the novel?

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