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THE PEARL, John Steinbeck
Chapter 6


Vocabulary

The followords/phrases all come from Chapter 6. Match them with their definitions.

 

Word/Phrase

Definition

 

1

exhilaration

Victorious, winning, succeeding

A

2

monotonously

Somebody who hunts animals by following their footprints

B

3

triumphant

A feeling of intense excitement

C

4

sinister

Mocking, challenging someone to act

D

5

tracker

To follow (someone/something)

E

6

goading

In the same, dull, unchanging way

F

7

pursue

Almost crazy with grief or worry, crying or laughing madly

G

8

foliage

Like an infected wound

H

9

hysterical

Evil, spooky, frightening

 

10

ulcerous

Grass, leaves, vegetation

I

 

Test your Understanding

  1. 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?
    1. Where do Kino and Juana sleep? (Page 66)
    2. How is Kino’s appearance described on Page 69?
    3. How does Kino disguise himself when he leaves the cave to attack the hunters? (Page 79)
    4. How are Kino’s movements described as he moves down towards the hunters? (Page 80)
    5. How is the Song of the Family described on Page 80?
    6. How is Kino’s killing of the three hunters different from his stabbing of the man who attacked him in Chapter 5 (Page 57)?

     

  2. When Kino looks at the pearl (p. 67/68), how does Steinbeck suggest that his dreams will never be achieved?
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  4. 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)
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  6. What makes the description of Kino’s attack on the three men so powerful? (Page 82/83) Make a list of the relevant details.
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  8. Why did the neighbours not approach Kino and Juana or speak to them when they returned home? (Page 84/85)
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  10. How has the appearance of the pearl (at least, in Kino’s mind) changed? (Page 86)
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  12. What do you think Kino and Juana’s life will be like from now on? (Write at least a few sentences.)

Frankie Meehan