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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 is the town compared to in Chapter 3?

2. How long can Kino stay under the water?

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

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

5. What is the baby's name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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.

6. What does Juana do as soon as the scorpion bites Coyotito?

7. Describe Kino and Juana's home.

8. What do the people of the Gulf trust?

9. How long can Kino stay underwater without problem?

10. Why does Kino always have a song in his head?

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

The theme of powerful forces manipulating the environment is prevalent throughout the novel. Explain how the following sentence is a good example of foreshadowing in the novel:

"Kino watched with the detachment of God while a dusty ant frantically tried to escape the sand trap an ant lion had dug for him."

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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