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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 does the first pearl buyer in Chapter 4 say about the great pearl?

2. What time of day do the trackers reach the pool near Kino's family?

3. Where does Kino place Juana and Coyotito for the night while in the moutains in Chapter 6?

4. How many men are tracking the Kino and his family after they run away?

5. What is the last thing Juan and Kino say before parting in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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.

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

6. What is evil beyond thinking to Kino?

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

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

9. Where does Kino hope to lose the trackers? Why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss Kino’s actions in the falling action and denouement of the novel.

How does Kino eventually solve the problem of the pearl? Where does the family live now that their house has been burned and their canoe destroyed? What repercussions does Kino suffer because he has a large pearl yet stabbed a man while defending himself?

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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