1.- What is the purpose of the introduction? What does it do?
1.- What significance does repetition (or routine) have in the lives of Kino and Juana?
2.- Describe the song Kino hears in his head.
3.- What does the song he hears represent?
4.- What song does Kino hear when he first sees the scorpion?
5.- What is the meaning of "songs" that come to Kino in his head? What do they represent or symbolize in relation to Kino?
6.- What do the scorpion and the sting of the scorpion foreshadow in the development of the story?
7.- Compare and contrast Kino's and Juana's reactions to the scorpion.
8.- Describe the doctor.
9.- describe the doctor's reactions to Kino's request for medical help.
10.- What is the doctor a prototype or symbol of? Top
1.- How are the morning air and atmosphere described in the story?
2.- What is the message of the morning description here?
3.- What is Kino's most prized (material) possession?
4.- What is Kino's most prized personal possession, which he does not see?
5.- What new songs does Kino hear in this section, and when?
6.- Describe and contrast Kino's reactions to the oyster.
1.- In what peculiar way is the town described? Repeat the description in detail without copying the very words the author used.
2.- How does the town react to Kino's finding the pearl?
3.- How are Kino and Juana ignorant about the effect of their extraordinary discovery?
4.- What songs does Kino hear in this section, and when does he do so?
5.- What does Kino see in the pearl?
6.- What does Steinbeck concentrate on in his description of the scene of the thief and Kino? Why does he do so?
7.- Contrast Kino's and Juana's reactions at the end of the chapter. Top
1.- Why are the pearl buyers excited about the pearl?
2.- What does Steinbeck mean when he states that a lot can be learned about a man from the tilt of his hat?
3.- Explain what happened when the pearl-divers of the area attempted to market their pearls collectively?
4.- What is the significance of squinting the eyes in the story?
5.- While in the office, how does Kino suddenly see the pearl? What does it mean, do you think?
6.- Why must Kino go to the capital? Do you agree with his view? Why, or why not?
1.- How has the pearl caused the relationship between Kino and Juana to deteriorate?
2.- How do Juana's and Kino's views contrast in relation to men and women?
3.- How do Juana and Kino differ in character?
4.- How does Juana react to the murder?
5.- Why does the destruction of the canoe represent such a terrible crime to Kino? Top
1.- What songs does Kino hear in this section? And When?
2.- What does Kino see in the pearl now?
3.- Why doesn't Kino pay attention to these new visions in the pearl?
4.- Compare and contrast Kino's and Juana's reactions to the tracker's.
5.- How does the landscape now contrast with that at the beginning of the story?
6.- What is ironic about the tracker's reaction to Coyotito's cry?
7.- How is Coyotito's death revealed?
8.- How has the granting of Kino's wish become an irony?
1.- How is Kino transformed by the possession of the pearl? From a simple, good man at peace with himself and the world,...
2.- How does Steinbeck use light and dark to create effects and symbol?
3.- Which characters are static and never change in the story? Why?
4.- What does the town's reaction to the discovery of the pearl show you about people and the world?
5.- What do you think Steinbeck attempts to communicate with the scene where Juana prays that Kino find a great pearl?
6.- Describe the different ways in which Juana helps Kino.
7.- What do you think is the main cause of the whole development which ends in tragedy?
8.- What is ironic about the name of the village?
9.- What views does Steinbeck reveal through the story concerning life, human nature, and people in community living?
10.- How does Steinbeck view the concept of reality and human life?
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