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 does Juana do when she hears Kino coming after her in Chapter 5?

2. After trying to sell the pearl in Chapter 4, where does Kino hide it?

3. What does Juan Tomas do when he sees Kino and Juana on the run?

4. What does Juana dress Coyotito in on the morning of the pearl sale?

5. Which songs are in Kino's head as he sneaks up on the trackers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Kino take off his clothes in Chapter 6?

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

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

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

7. Where does Kino want to go after he leaves Juan Tomas's house in Chapter 5?

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

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

10. 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?

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?

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

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

What does the capital represent to the villagers and to Kino?

1.) How does Kino find the trek to the capital -- a path where every step is filled with the unknown?

2.) How do the pearl buyers feel about the capital?

3.) Why do few villagers travel to the capital, although they could possibly get a better deal for their pearls?

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