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1. Describe in detail Kino and Juana's life before the discovery of the pearl. How does it change after Kino finds the pearl.
2. Describe the physical appearance and conduct of the doctor. How does he reveal his hypocrisy?
3. Describe Kino's meeting with the pearl-buyers.
4. Explain the meaning of 'The songs' and their function in the novel.
5. Give instances to show Kino's love for his family.
6. Is the pearl itself really evil? Defend your answer.
7. Give specific ways that Kino breaks away from the traditions of the native lifestyle.
8. Explain the value of the canoe to Kino.
9. What does Kino want to do with the money he will receive from selling the pearl?
10. Describe Juana as a wife and mother. What are her greatest contributions during the story?
11. What could be the reason for Steinbeck not exposing the trackers and the assailants?
12. Explain how Kino's attitude towards the pearl changes during the course of the book.