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. Kino tells Juan that if he gives up the pearl, he will also lose ______________.

2. What does Juana plead for after Kino is attacked in Chapter 4?

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

4. What does Kino watch after he and his family have eaten their breakfast in Chapter 6?

5. In Chapter 4, where does Kino threaten to go to get a better price on his pearl?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

4. What is Kino's plan after he and his family sneak past the trackers on the mountaintop?

5. Describe the place where Juana and Kino spend the day in Chapter 6 while they are on the run.

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

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

8. What is evil beyond thinking to Kino?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Kino's attackers are never defined in the novel. What importance does this have? What significance would it bring to the novel if we knew who was attacking Kino? Describe how the unknown attackers influence Kino's behavior and paranoia.

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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