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 does Kino hesitate to attack the watcher in Chapter 6?

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

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

4. How does Kino know where the trackers are around their fire?

5. Where does Kino suggest to go once he and his family are in the mountains?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Kino hope to lose the trackers?

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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.

8. How does Coyotito get shot?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For the villagers, they trust things of the spirit and things of the imagination before they will trust their own eyes. Describe how this overall belief is shown in the villagers' actions, Juana's actions and the way they react to their situation.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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?

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