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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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