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. Where do Mack and the boys sleep?

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

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

4. Toward what city do Mack and the boys head?

5. Who is the newest resident of the Palace?

Short Essay Questions

1. What becomes the pride and joy in the Palace for Mack and the boys?

2. Describe Lee Chong's business.

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

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

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

6. How does Lee acquire the Model T Ford?

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

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

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

10. What does Steinbeck call Mack and the boys?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the character of Lee Chong. How does Lee conduct his business and his life? Why is he such an important figure on Cannery Row? What does he represent to the other characters in the story?

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

Cannery Row is populated with social outcasts and homeless people. What would become of these same people today? Re-write the characterizations and settings for the main characters. Explain the reasons for your changes.

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