Pearl Study Guide

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The Pearl—by John Steinbeck Study Guide Directions: Answer the following questions below, and respond thoroughly and in complete sentences. Chapter 1 1. What is an oral tradition? 2. Define the word “parable.” 3. Identify each of the following characters below by (1) their relationship to one another and (2) what can be inferred about their personalities thus far. a. Kino – b. Juana – c. Coyotito – d. Juan Tomas – e. Apolonia – 4. Describe Kino’s family’s living condition. They live in very poor condition. They have a brush house and old, ragged clothing. They eat the same meal of corn cakes almost every day because that is all they can afford. 5. Describe the tragic event that happens to Coyotito (inciting incident). A…show more content…
#1: offered nothing at all b. #2: Said the pearl was fake, also offered nothing c. #3: said he had a client that liked curiosities, offered 500 pesos 7. Why do both Kino and Juana hear the Song of the Evil after negotiating with the pearl buyers? What is their plan now for the pearl? They feel that the buyers are trying to cheat them. Kino now plans to go to the capital to sell the pearl. 8. Who does Kino get in a fight with at the end of the chapter? He gets in a fight with someone outside his house. Presumably it is someone who is coming to steal the pearl. 9. What can be inferred about Juana and Kino after their dialogue at the end of the chapter? a. Kino: b. Juana: 10. What do you predict will happen in the final two chapters? Chapter 5 1. What does Juana attempt to do at the beginning of the chapter to the pearl? Why? She attempts to throw the pearl into the sea. She thinks the pearl is evil and will ruin them. 2. Why must Juana and Kino go away from La Paz? What would happen if they stayed? Kino was attacked by mean trying to steal the pearl. He killed one of them in self-defense but Juana tells him that does not matter. He will still face consequences from the townspeople once the body is found in the morning. 3. What happens to Kino’s boat? Cite an example from the text to prove Steinbeck’s commentary that “the killing of a man was not so evil as the killing of a boat.” A hole is
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