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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. Where did Kino's grandfather bring the canoe from?

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

3. What is Kino's wildest hope for Coyotito with the pearl?

4. What color is Kino's hair?

5. What is Kino's wildest dream about the pearl?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does the Song of Evil first enter Kino's head?

2. What does Juana look like?

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

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

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

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

7. How long can Kino stay underwater without problem?

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

9. What is considered as good as the doctor's remedy for Coyotito's shoulder?

10. What do the people of the Gulf trust?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Describe Juan Tomas's role in the novel. He is Kino's brother, but has an important significance through the story.

1.) How does Juan Tomas feel about Kino selling the pearl? What advice does he give him?

2.) How does Juan Tomas feel about Kino running away? What can we deduce about how he feels about the pearl based on his statements?

3.) How does Juan Tomas protect his brother?

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