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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 happens after Kino reacts to Juana moving the pearl in Chapter 5?

2. Where does Kino's family hide in the daytime while they are running away?

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

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

5. How long will Juan hide Kino and Juana in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the water Kino's family finds while on the run in Chapter 6. What does the water symbolize?

4. How does Coyotito get shot?

5. The place where Kino and his family find water in Chapter 6 is a place of life because it where all animals gather; it is also a place of killing. There is not much water at the spot.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The town is described as a colonial animal. How does this metaphor affect the novel?

1.) Describe how news travels in the town.

2.) Describe how the town works together in certain situations. Does it seem that there is a division between Kino and his family versus the town and villagers? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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