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

2. What gives Kino a strong sense of protection during his and his family's running escape in Chapter 6?

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

4. To what does Kino compare himself in Chapter 5, after losing his house?

5. What does the welcoming pearl buyer put by his desk in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do the neighbors fear will happen to Kino after finding the giant pearl?

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

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. What happened before when the pearl buyers got together and tried to have a pearl representative take their goods to the capital?

8. What is evil beyond thinking to Kino?

9. Why does Kino wear his straw hat at a specific angle while trying to sell his pearl?

10. Where does Kino tell Apolonia that he is not dead?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Water is an important backdrop element in the novel. Describe the different ways that Kino and his family survive with water.

1.) How does the beach impact Kino's life?

2.) Describe the waterbed that Kino finds at the mountaintop. Why is this setting appropriate for the events that follow? Explain thoroughly.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The doctor represents quack medicine and trickery in the novel. How does the villagers' ignorance allow the doctor to get away with his scams? What is the doctor motivated by? How does this motivation affect Kino and his family?

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