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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 is the thing of most value to Kino?

3. How does Juana react to Kino's wildest dream about the pearl?

4. What is the name of the main character?

5. When the priest hears that Kino has found a pearl, what is his first thought?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the town call the pearl when they hear about it? Why?

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

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

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

5. What do the other canoeists do when they hear Kino's howl of happiness after finding his giant pearl? Why?

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

7. Why does Kino become afraid after talking about his dreams?

8. When does the first hint of the Song of Evil come to Kino with his pearl? What does the song represent?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The name of the town is "La Paz" which means The Peace in Spanish. Explain the significance of the town's name. Is this an appropriate or ironic name for Kino's town? Explain why you feel the way you do.

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

One of Kino's dreams is to own a rifle. After he says this, the villagers react in awe and even Juana is amazed at his bravery. Why is this dream of owning a rifle an ironic wish once the end of the story is over? What does the rifle symbolize to Kino and the villagers and what role does it ultimately represent in the novel?

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