The Pearl Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Pretend you are an outsider that has recently moved to the town. Which area of town would you like to live in -- and why? Who would be your friends? With your outsider's perspective, what advice would you give to Kino and his village? What changes to the pearl buying structure could you recommend to the town to make it a more fair transaction for the divers, while also giving the pearl buyers a better opportunity to advance on their own without fear of a boss?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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