Pearl Study Guide

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Chapter 1

1. | What two items made up Kino's breakfast?
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2. | How did each parent react to the baby's approaching danger?
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3. | Where did Coyotito sleep?
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4. | How did Kino react to the servant's reply?
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5. | What was the rich doctor doing when his servant approached him with Kino's request to treat Coyotito?
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6. | In the case of saving their only child's life, money is a key issue. Write about a situation you once experienced or learned about, in which lack of money was a decisive factor.

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Chapters 2-3
7. | What did the doctor give the baby?
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8. | Name the prominent person who came to visit Kino after the priest left.
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9. | Why were Juana and Kino hoping to find a pearl?
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10. | What effect did news of Kino's large pearl have on the town's doctor?
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11. | Where did Kino store the pearl?
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12. | Speculate who you think the intruder was. Predict whether there will be any more attempts to steal the pearl.

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Chapters 4-5
13. | What did Kino plan to do after he rejected the local buyers' offers?
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14. | What happened to Kino as he stepped outside his house?
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15. | What happened to Kino's house?
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16. | Where did Kino and his family seek shelter?
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17. | What crime occurred during Kino's assault?
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18. | Describe the character of Kino's brother, Juan Tomás. Use details from the story to support your description.

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Chapter 6
19. | What happened to the music in Kino's head as they fled upward into the mountains?
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20. | Once the trackers were dead, what did Kino and Juana do?
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21. | After resting under a covert, how did Kino respond to Juana's comment that "perhaps the dealers were right and the pearl has no value"?
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22. | How did Kino conceal their tracks once the wind stopped?
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23. | What did Kino and Juana do after reaching their home?
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Name _____________________________ | | | Date ___________________ The Pearl
Key 1 - Answer ID # 1061331|

24. | Steinbeck uses powerful details to describe Kino's attack on the three trackers. Make of list of these images.

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Review
25. | Which of the following was Kino not planning to do with money from the pearl? | | Buy a new canoe| | | Marry Juana properly|
| | Buy a rifle|
| | Educate Coyotito|
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| 26. | What was the highest price offered for the pearl? | | 1500 pesos| | | 1400 pesos|
| | 1000 pesos|
| | 500 pesos|
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27. | Who threw the pearl back into the sea? | | Juana| | | Kino|
| | Juan Tomás|
| | The first pearl buyer|
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| 28. | What did the pearl symbolize? | | Greed|
| | Good health|
| | Generosity|
| | Success|
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29. | What music did Kino hear just before the scorpion crawled down the hanging box? | | The Song of the Family| | | The Song of Love|
| | The Song of the Sea|
| | The Song of Evil|
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| 30. | What did the doctor use to treat the baby's scorpion sting? | | A powder-filled capsule and ammonia| | | A corn cake poultice and one aspirin|
| | Snake venom and one aspirin|
| | A vial of pulque and seaweed|
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Name _____________________________ | | | Date ___________________ The Pearl
Key 1 - Answer ID # 1061331|

31. | What caused Coyotito's death? | | The plague|
| | A scorpion bite|
| | A gun shot|
| | A snake bite|
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| 32. | Which two people felt the pearl was evil? | | The priest and Juan Tomás| | | Apolonia and Juana|
| | The priest and the doctor|
| | Juana and Juan Tomás|
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33. | How did Juana treat Coyotito's scorpion bite? | | With sea water| | | With crushed oyster shells|
| | With seaweed poultice|
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