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. How does Lee's car make it over Carmel Hill?

2. What happens to Dora during the Depression?

3. What happens when Lee's car refuses to go any further without a new needle valve?

4. Who helps Doc collect 300 starfish for an order from Northwestern University?

5. What do the boys hit in Lee's car?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Bear Flag stay in business even though it is an illegal operation?

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

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

4. Describe the contents of Eddie's punch.

5. Describe Doc's physical appearance.

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

7. Describe the Bear Flag Restaurant.

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

9. How does Lee acquire the Model T Ford?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Steinbeck uses beautifully descriptive language in the book to help his readers see his world from his perspective. Without referring to the book, describe Cannery Row. Now, describe Monterey, using only your recall of Steinbeck's descriptions. How do you visualize the California coast now that you have read Steinbeck's descriptions?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Doc. Begin with his physical characteristics and extend into his personality and behavioral traits. What is Doc's role on Cannery Row? What is it about Doc that everybody wants to do something nice for him?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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