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. What do Kino and Juana walk in in to avoid their footsteps being seen in the dirt?

2. Where do Kino and Juana head in Chapter 6 when they leave town?

3. What is the lowest amount of money offered to Kino for the pearl?

4. Where does Kino plan to go after he leaves Juan's home in Chapter 5?

5. Which one of these things was not borrowed by Juan for Kino?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is evil beyond thinking to Kino?

2. Describe the clothing of Juana, Coyotito and Kino on the day of the pearl sale. Why are they dressed as they are?

3. Describe the man and trackers as they rest for the night.

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

5. What does Kino do when the dark figure attacks him on the path back home in Chapter 5?

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

7. After the attack in the dark in Chapter 5, Kino believes the pearl is gone, but who finds it?

8. How do the pearl buyers operate to buy a pearl?

9. What happens in Kino's dream in Chapter 6 while he is on the run?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the plot structure of The Pearl. What is the inciting action that drives the plot forward? Where does the climax occur? What information is related in the falling action and denouement of the plot?

Essay Topic 2

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? Why or why not?

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 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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