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Full Book Quiz
. Where is
The United States
. What stings Coyotito?
. With what does Kino offer to pay the doctor?
Eight small pearls
Five pieces of gold bullion
Ten weeks of hard labor
. How does Kino react when the doctor snubs him?
He strikes the front gate with his fists, bloodying his knuckles
He phones his lawyer
He threatens the doctor with death
What does Juana use as a poultice for Coyotito’s wound?
6. 6. How did Kino acquire his canoe?
He built it
He exchanged pearls for it
He inherited it
He stole it
7. 7. For what does Juana pray when she is in the canoe?
A big pearl
. Which of the following is not on the list of things Kino plans to buy with his newfound wealth?
An education for Coyotito
A proper marriage in a church
. How does the doctor treat Coyotito’s scorpion wound?
With a capsule filled with powder
With a strange purple liquid
By administering a shot
By wrapping it in seaweed
. Where does Kino hide the pearl during the night?
In the doctor’s safe
In his sock
Under the potted plant by the toolbox
Beneath his sleeping mat
. What is the name of the town where Kino first attempts to sell his pearl?
. What is the first pearl dealer’s nervous habit?
He manipulates a coin in his hands
He twiddles his thumbs
He taps his foot
. What is the best offer Kino gets for his pearl?
. What reason does the dealer give for not liking Kino’s pearl?
It is too large
It smells funny
It is actually made out of beeswax
It is stolen
. How does Kino decide to make money when he realizes that the local pearl dealers are lowballing him?
By panhandling and singing for money
By stockpiling all the pearls of La Paz
By traveling to the capital to sell his pearl
By filing a lawsuit against the dealers according to the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of
. What does Juana propose to do with the pearl?
Have it set in a silver necklace that she can wear on formal occasions
Throw it back into the sea
Give it to Coyotito
Sell it to the highest bidder as soon as possible
. How does Kino react when Juana attempts to steal the pearl from him?
He agrees with her that the pearl will only bring them evil
He punches her in the head and then kicks her
He leaves her for another woman
He chases her down and persuades her to return the pearl to him
. Why must Kino and his family flee from their neighborhood?
Because Kino sets fire to a group of houses
Because Kino steals a knife from his brother
Because Kino makes advances on his brother’s wife
Because Kino kills a man
. Where do Kino and Juana first take refuge after their house burns down?
In a cave by the beach
In their canoe
At Juan Tomás’s house
In the forest
. Where do Kino and Juana flee to escape the trackers?
Down the river
Up the mountain
Through the vale
To their underwater lair
. What does Kino do to conceal himself from the trackers?
He dons camouflage
He strips naked
He cuts his hair
He grows a moustache
. For what do the trackers mistake Coyotito’s cry?
A coyote’s cry
An owl’s screech
A cat’s meow
A bat’s shriek
. How does Kino rid himself of the trackers?
He wrestles them into submission
He outruns them
He hides until they have lost his trail
He kills them
. How does Coyotito die?
He falls off a cliff
He is shot
A scorpion poisons him
. What does Kino do with the pearl at the novella’s end?
He donates it to charity
He sells it to the highest bidder
He buries it in his brother’s house
He throws it back into the sea
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