The Pearl

High SchoolEnglish  /  The Pearl

“In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy. “

Book description from Penguin Books

You can access 124 questions about The Pearl in Castle Learning.


Teachers will find a combination of question types available to assess comprehension ofThe Pearl, including: multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and constructed/extended response and graphic organizers.


Breakdown of topical questions:

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • End of Novella

Common Core Standards addressed by questions about The Pearl:

  • L. 9-10.4
  • RL. 9-10.1
  • RL. 9-10.2
  • RL. 9-10.3
  • RL. 9-10.4
  • RL. 9-10.5
  • RL.9-10.6
  • RL.9-10.7
  • RL.9-10.9
  • W.9-10.1
  • W.9-10.2
  • W.9-10.9
  • RL.11-12.1
  • RL.11-12.2
  • RL.11-12.3
  • RL.11-12.4
  • RL.11-12.5
  • RL.11-12.6
  • RL.11-12.7
  • RL.11-12.9
  • W.11-12.1
  • W.11-12.2
  • W.11-12.9