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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 referred to as the bulwark against starvation?

2. What city does the doctor dream of?

3. What color is the shawl that Juana wears to see the doctor?

4. What does Coyotito sleep in every night?

5. What do the other canoeists do when Kino reacts to his pearl in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Kino's plan of attack if the trackers do not pass his family on the road?

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

3. What motivation do the pearl buyers have to purchase the great pearl at a low price?

4. What happens to the gold coin of the pearl buyer when Kino enters the room in Chapter 4?

5. Where does Kino want to go after he leaves Juan Tomas's house in Chapter 5?

6. Why does ?

7. Name some of the things the other villagers say they would do if they had the great pearl.

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

9. Why does Kino respect his canoe so much?

10. Describe how Juana mixes the ancient beliefs and Christianity together.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Kino's attackers are never defined in the novel. What importance does this have? What significance would it bring to the novel if we knew who was attacking Kino? Describe how the unknown attackers influence Kino's behavior and paranoia.

Essay Topic 2

At one point in the novel, the villagers pretend what they would do if they had the great pearl. All of their hypothetical situations involve charity or helping other people. How does this contrast to Kino and his dreams? Do you think their dreams are truly what they would do if they had the pearl? How do their hypothetical dreams versus Kino's announced goals put a tension between him and his village?

Essay Topic 3

The doctor represents quack medicine and trickery in the novel. How does the villagers' ignorance allow the doctor to get away with his scams? What is the doctor motivated by? How does this motivation affect Kino and his family?

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