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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. In Chapter 3, why does the doctor say he didn't see Kino this morning?

2. What does the doctor say when he hears about Kino's pearl?

3. Where is the town located near?

4. What payment does Kino offer the doctor?

5. What does Juana say when she sees the large oyster in Kino's hand in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When does the first hint of the Song of Evil come to Kino with his pearl?

3. 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.

4. Why does ?

5. What do the people of the Gulf trust?

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

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

8. Who are the only people happy about Kino's pearl?

9. Why does Kino respect his canoe so much?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Ignorance is an unfortunate partner to racism in this novel. How does ignorance play an important role in how Kino reacts to his environment?

1.) How does Kino react when the priest mentions knowledge from the book? What is his solution?

2.) Why is Juana's seaweed poultice not seen as a valid treatment for Coyotito?

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

Essay Topic 3

The theme of powerful forces manipulating the environment is prevalent throughout the novel. Explain how the following sentence is a good example of foreshadowing in the novel:

"Kino watched with the detachment of God while a dusty ant frantically tried to escape the sand trap an ant lion had dug for him."

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