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. What does Juana say to herself after Coyotito is stung?

2. What does Kino use to open his oyster?

3. What song roars in Kino's ears after the sting?

4. Where does the doctor imagine the pearl will take him?

5. Which one of these things does Kino not put in his canoe in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. What does Juana ask for when Coyotito is stung?

5. What does Juana look like?

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

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

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

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

10. How long can Kino stay underwater without problem?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Social status is a common theme in the novel. What are the ways that Kino is warned that striving to break out of his destined social status in life would be disastrous? What impact do the priest's stories and the story of the pearl buyer for the villagers have on Kino?

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