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. Why do none of the fisherman leave that morning in Chapter 5?

2. How old is Kino's tribe?

3. What does Juana bring Kino to drink after he is attacked in Chapter 4?

4. With what hand does the pearl buyer play with the gold coin before Kino arrives?

5. In Chapter 5, what does Juan tell Kino to do with the pearl?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Juana do when she senses Kino running after her in the dark when she is going to throw the pearl back into the sea?

5. Describe the clothing of Juana, Coyotito and Kino on the day of the pearl sale.

6. Name some of the theories Juan Tomas gives the neighbors to divert suspicion as to what happened to Kino and his family in Chapter 5.

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

8. What is evil beyond thinking to Kino?

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

10. Where does Kino want to go after he leaves Juan Tomas's house in Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point in the novel, the villagers pretend what they would do if they had the great pearl. All of their hypothetical situations involve charity or helping other people. How does this contrast to Kino and his dreams? Do you think their dreams are truly what they would do if they had the pearl? How do their hypothetical dreams versus Kino's announced goals put a tension between him and his village?

Essay Topic 2

The pearl is a powerful symbol to the village. Explain the irony of how the pearls bring great wealth to the Kings of Spain, yet cannot seem to help a meager fisherman named Kino. What does the pearl represent to all men in the novel in terms of wealth?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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