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The followords/phrases all come from Chapter 6. Match them with their definitions.
Victorious, winning, succeeding
Somebody who hunts animals by following their footprints
A feeling of intense excitement
Mocking, challenging someone to act
To follow (someone/something)
In the same, dull, unchanging way
Almost crazy with grief or worry, crying or laughing madly
Like an infected wound
Evil, spooky, frightening
Grass, leaves, vegetation
Test your Understanding
- In this final chapter of "The Pearl" Kino and Juana are hunted like animals in the hills. In what ways has Kino himself become like an animal?
- Where do Kino and Juana sleep? (Page 66)
- How is Kino’s appearance described on Page 69?
- How does Kino disguise himself when he leaves the cave to attack the hunters? (Page 79)
- How are Kino’s movements described as he moves down towards the hunters? (Page 80)
- How is the Song of the Family described on Page 80?
- How is Kino’s killing of the three hunters different from his stabbing of the man who attacked him in Chapter 5 (Page 57)?
- When Kino looks at the pearl (p. 67/68), how does Steinbeck suggest that his dreams will never be achieved?
- In what way does Juana prove to be more clear-headed and rational than Kino? (Page 72) Why does she stay with him? (Page 74)
- What makes the description of Kino’s attack on the three men so powerful? (Page 82/83) Make a list of the relevant details.
- Why did the neighbours not approach Kino and Juana or speak to them when they returned home? (Page 84/85)
- How has the appearance of the pearl (at least, in Kino’s mind) changed? (Page 86)
- What do you think Kino and Juana’s life will be like from now on? (Write at least a few sentences.)