The Pearl Test | Final 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. After he is attacked in Chapter 4, what does Kino vow to do in the morning?

2. Where does the old man in the village ride to see Kino on his way to sell the pearl?

3. What do Kino and Juana do when they walk back into town at the end of the novel?

4. Where does Kino suggest to go once he and his family are in the mountains?

5. What animal are the trackers using to track Kino and his family in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do all the divers leave their canoes on the beach the morning after Kino's big pearl find?

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

3. Describe the water Kino's family finds while on the run in Chapter 6.

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

5. What happens to Kino's home while he is being attacked by the dark figure in Chapter 5?

6. When Kino says, "I am a man" to Juana, what does that mean to her?

7. Why does Juana try to destroy the pearl after their failed attempt at selling it?

8. What happens to the gold coin of the pearl buyer when Kino enters the room in Chapter 4?

9. What motivation do the pearl buyers have to purchase the great pearl at a low price?

10. What is Kino's plan of attack if the trackers do not pass his family on the road?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pretend you are an outsider that has recently moved to the town. Which area of town would you like to live in -- and why? Who would be your friends? With your outsider's perspective, what advice would you give to Kino and his village? What changes to the pearl buying structure could you recommend to the town to make it a more fair transaction for the divers, while also giving the pearl buyers a better opportunity to advance on their own without fear of a boss?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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