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 does Doc do for Frankie?

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

3. What job does Doc assign to Mack?

4. What does Doc tell Hazel about the answer to #43?

5. What becomes the hearth and center of the Palace?

Short Essay Questions

1. How doe Mack's wits keep the boys out of trouble when they are approached by a large man with a pointer dog?

2. What happens to spur Mack and the boys into fixing up the Palace Flophouse?

3. Describe Doc's personal characteristics.

4. Explain the relationship between Doc and Frankie.

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

6. What does Steinbeck call Mack and the boys?

7. It would be impractical to use the building to store groceries, so what does Lee do with the building?

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

9. Describe Doc's physical appearance.

10. How do Mack and the boys manage to "find" dinner while on the road?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Model T Ford has importance in the story for the frog-catching expedition of Mack and the boys. What does the car symbolize for Mack and the boys? For its owner, Lee? What significance does Steinbeck say the Model T has on American culture for the past two generations?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Dora Flood. What is her role on Cannery Row? Why does Steinbeck say she is loved by the intelligent, the learned, and the kind? Why is she hated by "married spinsters," whose husbands are attracted to the whore house? Is Dora the classic whore with a heart of gold?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Doc think Mack is a genius and the boys are all clever? Is this opinion shared by the other residents of Cannery Row? What does Richard Frost think of Mack and the boys? Is his opinion justified? Which position to you take on Mack and the boys? Why?

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