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Free Barron's Booknotes-The Pearl by John Steinbeck-Free Online Plot Summary
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A STEP BEYOND

TESTS AND ANSWERS

TEST 1

_____ 1. The songs in The Pearl represent

A. unspoken feelings and emotions
B. domination by the Spanish
C. the poetry Kino has inherited from his ancestors

_____ 2. Which of the following similes does Steinbeck use to describe the relationship of the townspeople?

A. Each man's life is like a station in God's army.
B. The pearl is like a curse.
C. The town is like a colonial animal.

_____ 3. After finding the pearl in the path, Juana didn't throw it back in the water because

A. she was afraid of getting hit again
B. Kino stopped her again
C. she knew the old way was gone when she saw the dead man


_____ 4. Before Kino finds the pearl, his life might be described as

A. filled with want and despair
B. simple and relatively content
C. monotonous and uncomfortable

_____ 5. The image of big fish eating little fish is symbolic of the relationship between the

A. Spanish and the Indians
B. pearl buyers and their unseen boss
C. trackers and Kino

_____ 6. Which of the following religious references is not appropriate to The Pearl?

A. the Abraham and Isaac story
B. the miracle of the loaves and the fishes
C. the expulsion from the Garden of Eden

_____ 7. When Kino punches the doctor's gate, you can tell he

A. has planned the action of protest from the beginning
B. has been provoked to this kind of violent expression before
C. surprises himself with the violence of his reaction

_____ 8. In the story of the two villagers who had gone to the capital to sell pearls, it was certain that they had

A. fled with the profits
B. been in the employ of the Spanish
C. never been seen again that

_____ 9. The doctor's actions are meant to suggest that

A. this is the way the Spanish generally treat the Indians
B. he is incompetent and has no business treating the baby
C. he is different from the other Spanish

_____ 10. Which of the following is not true about Kino's canoe?

A. It was passed down to him from his grandfather.
B. It had been blessed by the priest.
C. It was the one thing of value owned by Kino.

11. Why is Kino's dream of educating Coyotito such a dangerous one?

12. What role does Juan Tomas play?

13. Explain the symbolism of the pearl.

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