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

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

3. What does Frankie eventually do for Doc?

4. Who are Mack's boys?

5. What does Lee's soft heart inspire him to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Tong Wars?

3. What does Steinbeck mean by "the hour of the pearl" in Chapter 14?

4. What is the significance of the flagpole sitter at Holman's Department Store?

5. How does Mack perceive Doc?

6. What is the irony of the tax troubles Dora experiences?

7. For what event does Steinbeck use foreshadowing in this chapter?

8. Describe the planning for Doc's next party.

9. Why is Mack impressed by Dora?

10. What does Steinbeck think has changed America dramatically in only two generations?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does Steinbeck use the literary technique of local color in Cannery Row? What elements comprise local color? Give some examples of the local color in Cannery Row establishments. In the characters. In the events.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Mack and the boys are forced to be very resourceful. Give some examples of behaviors exhibited by Mack and the boys that indicate they know how to get what they need in spite of their obvious lack of typical resources. Would you say Mack and the boys are creative? Or do they simply use people to avoid work? Do you think you could be friends with Mack and the boys? Why or why not?

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