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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. What does Coyotito sleep in every night?

3. Who watches Kino when he wakes up every morning?

4. After Kino dives in the water in Chapter 2, what song plays in his head?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Kino respect his canoe so much?

3. Why does Kino want Coyotito to go to school?

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

6. Where do the divers find their goods to sell?

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

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

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

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

The town is described as a colonial animal. How does this metaphor affect the novel?

1.) Describe how news travels in the town.

2.) Describe how the town works together in certain situations. Does it seems that there is a division between Kino and his family versus the town and villagers? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Initially in the novel, Kino finds his sense of security and hope in his family, his hut and his canoe. How is his sense of security and comfort redefined after he finds the pearl?

1.) How does the pearl change Kino's dreams for his family?

2.) How does the pearl change his relationship with his family, especially with Juana who was previously a huge source of comfort to him?

Essay Topic 3

The canoe holds high importance in the life of the villagers. How does Kino feel about his canoe? How does he react when it is no longer available for him? Why do the villagers hold such a high importance on their canoes? What do the canoes symbolize to them?

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