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TESTS AND ANSWERS

TEST 2

_____ 1. When Kino said, "I am a man," Juana knew this meant that he

A. no longer needed her
B. would leave the old way of life
C. was half insane and half god

_____ 2. Steinbeck uses which of the following images in his description of the Indian trackers to suggest that they were dehumanized?

A. excited dogs
B. crying coyotes
C. scavenger birds

_____ 3. Kino beats Juana for stealing the pearl because

A. she has disobeyed him
B. her actions have threatened his dream
C. she has overstepped her place as a woman

_____ 4. From his experiences in the world, Kino learns that the

A. established system is the best way of doing things
B. potential for evil lies within everyone
C. priest was right all along

_____ 5. Which of the following images does Steinbeck use to describe Kino and Juana when they return to the village at the end?

A. scorpions
B. scuttling crabs
C. towers of darkness

_____ 6. The priest's visit to Kino's hut is unusual because

A. the priest rarely visited the Indians
B. Kino was not Roman Catholic
C. it was Sunday


_____ 7. Which of the following is central to the theme of appearance vs. reality?

A. the mirages on the Gulf
B. the image of the mountains
C. the deceit of the pearl buyers

_____8. Whenever Kino deals with the Spanish, he feels

A. disgust and superiority
B. pity and contempt
C. fear and anger

_____ 9. Juan Tomas hesitates to help Kino because he

A. thinks Kino is wrong to challenge the system
B. is afraid the trouble caused by the pearl will spread to him
C. believes helping is not part of Indian customs

_____ 10. The extensive use of animal imagery in Chapter VI suggests that Kino

A. has been dehumanized by the ordeal of the pearl
B. is now outside of the natural world
C. is worth less than an animal

11. Choose one biological comparison from The Pearl and explain its use.

12. Some readers see The Pearl as an allegory on greed. Support or refute this interpretation, citing examples from the novel.

13. How does the point of view (narrative) of The Pearl work to make the story seem like a retold tale?

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