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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. As a businessman, Lee is __________________________.

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

3. What are Lee's first thoughts about the building he now owns?

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

5. Why does Gay's wife no longer swear out warrants against him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Doc's personal characteristics.

3. What does Steinbeck call Mack and the boys?

4. Describe Lee Chong's business.

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

6. What is the symbolism of the music in Doc's head when he finds the body of the beautiful dead woman in the water?

7. What is the symbolism of the beautiful male gopher leaving his home?

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

9. What are some of the morning rituals on Cannery Row?

10. What is the irony of Hazel's name?

Essay 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

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 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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