The Pearl by John Steinbeck Freshman Alternate Summer Read

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The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Freshman Alternate Summer Read

The book should be read over the summer. A student reading this book will be sent to the library to work on the following study guide questions. In sentence format answer the following questions. All answers should be typed. KEY: STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS - The Pearl Chapter 1 1. What, in general, happens in the first chapter? Kino and Juana wake up, and prepare for the day. The scorpion strikes Coyotito. They call for the doctor, but the doctor refuses to come. They go to the doctor, but he refuses to treat Coyotito. 2. Notice that the townspeople follow Kino. What does that tell you? It tells us two things: the people were curious and the people liked Kino and his family. 3. Why did the doctor refuse to treat Coyotito? To the doctor, Coyotito was an Indian "animal." Also, Kino could not pay the doctor well for his services. 4. What does that tell you about the doctor's personality? The doctor is not a caring individual. He is materialistic and cold-hearted. He is a doctor for the title, social position and money, not at heart. 5. What are the conflicts in the story so far? The conflicts are man vs. man, man vs. society, and man vs. nature. 6. What is the Song of the Family? The Song of the Family is a song of happiness, of being "whole." It is a song of peaceful existence, of being together in harmony with the family. 7. What is the Song of Evil? When does it first appear? The Song of Evil is a song of disruption, of evil, of the breaking of happiness. It first appears with the scorpion. Chapter 2 1. Why did Steinbeck include the first section about the life in the Gulf waters? This section shows the natural world of which Kino is a part. It shows the old way of survival of the fittest. 2. The canoe is mentioned quite often. Is it a symbol for something? Yes. It symbolizes the old way of life, tradition. It was Kino's grandfather's canoe. It shows the continuance of the primitive family. 3. What is...
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