1. To what does Steinbeck compare the town? Use a quote from the story.
2. The news of Kino's pearl spread quickly across town. What did each person think of when he heard it? What does that say about the “power of the pearl?”
3. What would Kino do with his riches? What does that suggest about his character?
4. Why does the doctor come? What does he do?
5. What bad thing happened to make Juana want to throw away the pearl? What does that suggest about the pearl?