Cannery Row Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when the boiler at the answer to #51 stops working?

2. What does Mack want to do?

3. What is the name of Dora's business?

4. Why is Hazel, a man, given a female name?

5. What is the one fear of the answer to #33?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the contents of Eddie's punch.

2. Explain the behavior of the Chinaman.

3. What is the significance of Lao Tze's philosophies in the story?

4. Describe the Bear Flag Restaurant.

5. What is the irony of Hazel's name?

6. Describe Dora Flood.

7. Explain the relationship between Doc and Frankie.

8. Why does Mack has a twinge of guilt about the frog mission?

9. Describe Doc's personal characteristics.

10. Explain the irony in Mack's telling Doc that he and the boys need money for a good cause.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though Doc is a marine biologist, he tends to the needs of people and animals on Cannery Row, too. Name some examples of Doc's care toward people. How does he help animals? How does he rally the town's residents to help each other when widespread influenza hits?

Essay Topic 2

Frankie is an ill-fated character in the book. What is Frankie's role in the story? Why does Steinbeck interject him into the plot? What does he come to represent for Doc, especially? Are you surprised by Frankie's ultimate fate?

Essay Topic 3

Although the residents of Cannery Row live on the fringe of acceptable society, they take care of each other. What is the bond between the residents of Cannery Row that makes them want to help each other even when others won't? Is there a common denominator among the Cannery Row residents that they recognize themselves in each other? Explain some situations in the book where the Cannery Row residents exhibit humanity toward one another.

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