The Pearl Test | 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. How does the priest treat Kino and his family in Chapter 3?

2. Which of these things is described in Chapter 2 as being on the bottom of the sea?

3. Where does Coyotito get stung?

4. Who are the first ones to arrive after Coyotito is stung?

5. Why does Kino suddenly become afraid after talking about Coyotito's education in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is the big oyster located underwater? Why is this location significant?

2. What are the two colors that make up the canoes that line the beach? What do you think these colors represent symbolically?

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

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

5. Why does Juana call for Kino when she sees Coyotito in Chapter 2?

6. How does the narrator describe Juana’s appearance?

7. How does Juana merge different belief systems in the novel?

8. How long can Kino stay underwater without any problems? How does this serve him?

9. Who are the only people happy about Kino's pearl? Why are they happy?

10. How do the villagers’ perceptions of Kino change after his discovery of the pearl?

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 seem that there is a division between Kino and his family versus the town and villagers? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

For the villagers, they trust things of the spirit and things of the imagination before they will trust their own eyes. Describe how this overall belief is shown in the villagers' actions, Juana's actions and the way they react to their situation.

1.) What specifically do the villagers believe in, in terms of God, creation, and the afterlife?

2.) In what ways are religions and beliefs integrated into one another?

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