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

2. In Chapter 3, what does the town say that Kino has found?

3. What color is Kino's hair?

4. What do the other canoeists do when Kino reacts to his pearl in Chapter 2?

5. What does Kino use to open his oyster?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Juan Tomas and Kino talk about on the way to sell the pearl?

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

4. What happened before when the pearl buyers got together and tried to have a pearl representative take their goods to the capital?

5. What is evil beyond thinking to Kino?

6. Name some of the things the other villagers say they would do if they had the great pearl.

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

8. Why do Juana and Kino run in the wagon tracks?

9. Why does Kino take off his clothes in Chapter 6?

10. Name some of the dreams that Kino has with his pearl?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

What does the capital represent to the villagers and to Kino?

1.) How does Kino find the trek to the capital -- a path where every step is filled with the unknown?

2.) How do the pearl buyers feel about the capital?

3.) Why do few villagers travel to the capital, although they could possibly get a better deal for their pearls?

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