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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 does Kino imagine that Coyotito will wear after he buys new clothes?

2. How does Juana react to Kino's wildest dream about the pearl?

3. Where is the town located near?

4. What is the baby's name?

5. What has brought the King of Spain to higher power?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does ?

5. Name the two colors that make up the canoes that line the beach.

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

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

8. When does the Song of Evil first enter Kino's head?

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Rewrite the ending of the novel, starting when Kino stabs the dark figure on the path.

How does Kino eventually solve the problem of the pearl? Where does the family live now that their house has been burned and their canoe destroyed? What reprecussions does Kino suffer because he has a large pearl yet stabbed a man while defending himself?

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