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. Which one of the boys has the mechanical ability to work on Lee's car?

2. Where do the boys stop to get their frogs?

3. What does Frankie enjoy doing at Doc's?

4. What happens to Lee's car on Carmel Hill?

5. What is the name of the old Chinaman who walks through Cannery Row every day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the relationship between Doc and Frankie.

2. Describe the contents of Eddie's punch.

3. What are Tong Wars?

4. Why is Doc leery of Mack's request for money?

5. How does Lee acquire another building?

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

7. Describe Dora Flood.

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

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

10. Describe Doc's personal characteristics.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the dead girl that Doc finds floating in the water. Why does Doc's head fill with the escalating sounds of music when he sees her? Why does Doc let the stranger claim the reward for reporting the body? Why does Doc, who is usually very responsible, get away from the scene as quickly as possible?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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