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The Pearl

John Steinbeck

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1. Where is The Pearl set?

2. What stings Coyotito?

3. With what does Kino offer to pay the doctor?

4. How does Kino react when the doctor snubs him?

5. What does Juana use as a poultice for Coyotito’s wound?

6. How did Kino acquire his canoe?

7. For what does Juana pray when she is in the canoe?

8. Which of the following is not on the list of things Kino plans to buy with his newfound wealth?

9. How does the doctor treat Coyotito’s scorpion wound?

10. Where does Kino hide the pearl during the night?

11. What is the name of the town where Kino first attempts to sell his pearl?

12. What is the first pearl dealer’s nervous habit?

13. What is the best offer Kino gets for his pearl?

14. What reason does the dealer give for not liking Kino’s pearl?

15. How does Kino decide to make money when he realizes that the local pearl dealers are lowballing him?

16. What does Juana propose to do with the pearl?

17. How does Kino react when Juana attempts to steal the pearl from him?

18. Why must Kino and his family flee from their neighborhood?

19. Where do Kino and Juana first take refuge after their house burns down?

20. Where do Kino and Juana flee to escape the trackers?

21. What does Kino do to conceal himself from the trackers?

22. For what do the trackers mistake Coyotito’s cry?

23. How does Kino rid himself of the trackers?

24. How does Coyotito die?

25. What does Kino do with the pearl at the novella’s end?

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I would like to know reference of author

by cubillos97, May 06, 2014

I need to cite sources I used to gather information, and I can't seem to find any identification of author.

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I would like to know reference of author

by cubillos97, May 06, 2014

I need to cite sources I used to gather information, and I can't seem to find any identification of author.

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Kino greedy?

by MaxwellLint, October 01, 2014

I fail to see how Kino is greedy. Kino's dreams of rifles and new clothes were for his family. He wanted a rifle and a harpoon so that he could obtain food for his family. He wanted new clothes so that his family would be accepted by society. Most of all, he wanted Coyotito to get an education so that Kino and his people would learn the truth- how they've been lied to by the colonists. If Coyotito got an education, he would be able to see how wrong everything was, and through him, Kino.

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